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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Indian Court: 1939

Indian Court: 1939

Six of seven WPA posters by Louis B. Siegriest (1899-1989) promoting American Indian art at the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939. Available as Vintagraph fine-art prints, made from ultra high-resolution scans of the original serigraphs -- very detailed and quite beautiful. View full size | Shop the art.

Great Posters

They are fantastic. Thanks

A Hopi Memory is Triggered...

Wow! The Arizona Pueblo Indian Turtle Dancers poster brings back memories from the summer of 1961. Two friends and I drove west from Philadelphia to San Francisco along a southern route and found ourselves gassing up in the Hopi
Reservation near the Painted Desert in Northern Arizona. A small, weatherbeaten man approached us and asked if we were heading for the Grand Canyon, and if so, could he hitch a ride with us. His name was Otis Polelenoma, and he was a tribal elder from the Shungopovi settlement of the Hopi on one of the three Hopi mesas on their reservation.
We asked him to hop in. He told ud he had nothing better to do that day than to go see a couple of his grandchildren performing with the Hopi Tribal dance troupe at the village of Grand Canyon on the south rim, about 200 miles west of Shungopovi. Off we went, and Otis spent the next 3 hours entertaining us with the history of the Hopi nation as it related to the Spanish Conquest, their historic conflict and rivalry with the Navajo, and their relationship with the US, Arizona territorial and state governments since about 1900. It was an unforgettable day, if not for Otis, then certainly for the three of us Caucasian boys from the East Coast.

Simply Beautiful

Fantastic posters. Of these six my favorites are the Apache devil dancer and the Pueblo turtle dancers, both of which depict human energy and activity as I am partial to human figures. However, ALL of them are brilliant and very well done. Thank you Shorpy, now I'm going to "shop the art".

 
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