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Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0007   CAS 0370-0007; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County McKinley
Other Geographic Data City: Gallup
Maker's Name Narciso Platero Abeyta (Ha So Deh, Ha So De) (1918-1998)
Date of Manufacture 1958
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Casein on watercolor paper
Description Painting on white paper entitled "Changeable Wolf Man" depicting scene from Navajo mythology showing woman mounting black horse while man wearing wolf skin tries to grab her from lower left corner; Horned moon symbol appears in upper left corner, with tree along right background and highly stylized rocks in foreground; Signature "Ha-So-De" is printed in black ink (overwritten in blue ink) in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 56.2, Length = 76.7

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0138   CAS 0370-0138; Sandpainting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Sandpainting
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County San Juan
Other Geographic Data Town: Sheep Springs (north of Gallup)
Maker's Name Patsy Miller
Date of Manufacture ca. early 1960s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Sand; Glue; Plywood
Description Untitled sandpainting depicting gray horned sun face with black and white eagle feathers suspended from the horns and from atop the face; Earrings are suspended from the base of each horn; Sun face is framed above and below by protective rectangular panels in gray, white, and rust brown; Background color is brown; The following is written in ink on reverse, "The Sun -- This painting is used for healing people that are sick. It [sic] color and design are made from natural color stones -- Patsy Miller."
Dimensions (cm) Width = 12.9, Length = 17.6

Catalog Number CAS 0370-0336   CAS 0370-0336; Plate
Category Pottery; Visual Arts
Object Name Plate
Culture Hopi
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Pinal
Other Geographic Data City: Scottsdale
Maker's Name Otellie Pasivaya Loloma (1922-1993)
Date of Manufacture ca. late 1950s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Metal: Copper; Enamel glazes
Description Shallow round copper plate with small diameter round pedestal base; Interior is coated with gray enamel glazes while exterior is coated with mottled green and black glaze; Heads of three long hair katsinam are depicted in profile, in black, yellow, green, blue, red, and white, against a gray field; Double red and black band encircles half of rim and multiple black, red, turquoise, and white bands encircle other half; Plate is unsigned.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 2.7, Max Diam = 15.0

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0391   CAS 0370-0391; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Apache
Other Geographic Data Community: Wide Ruins
Maker's Name Beatien Yazz (Beatian Yazz, Jimmy Toddy) (b. 1928)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1940
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Watercolor on paper
Description Untitled painting on white watercolor paper, designed as a bookmark; Painting depicts Navajo silver concho belt consisting of 3 oval conchos and 2 rectangular spacers, the latter set with turquoise stone in center; Images are drawn in pencil and then painted in gray and blue watercolors; Painting is unsigned, but inscribed on reverse (presumably by Ruth C. Elkus) "A bookmark from Jimmy to Chip [Charles De Young Elkus]."
Dimensions (cm) Width = 5.2, Length = 22.3

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0450   CAS 0370-0450; Scrimshaw (whale tooth)
Category Carvings; Visual Arts
Object Name Scrimshaw (whale tooth)
Culture Eskimo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Alaska
County unknown
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1960
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Ivory: sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) tooth; Ink
Description
Dimensions (cm) Height = 2.3, Width = 1.6, Length = 11.1

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0916   CAS 0370-0916; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Zia Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Sandoval
Other Geographic Data Zia Pueblo
Maker's Name Velino Shije Herrera (Ma Pe Wi) (1902-1973)
Date of Manufacture 1937
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque watercolor on paper
Description Painting on heavy white paper entitled "Matachines Dance", depicting two Matachine society male dancers, each wearing elaborate and colorful dance regalia of long beaded leggings, black kilts, pueblo sash belts, vests, and headdresses that include black face covering and blue hat with eagle plumes at sides and ribbon streamers trailing down their backs; Each dancer carries wooden 3-pronged sword in left hand and cloth pouch in right hand; Signature Ma-pe-wi 1937" is printed in orange paint in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 36.0, Length = 28.6

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0917   CAS 0370-0917; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Santa Clara Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Rio Arriba
Other Geographic Data Santa Clara Pueblo
Maker's Name Pablita Velarde (Tse Tsan) (1918-2006)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1935
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque tempera on paper
Description Painting entitled "The Potter", depicting kneeling pueblo woman dressed in orange blouse, green one shoulder dress, and gray apron, shaping large pottery bowl in front of her; Can of water is shown in foreground; Signature "Pablita Velarde" is printed in gray paint near lower right corner; Title "The Potter" and "Santa Clara Pueblo" are written in pencil on reverse. Pablita Velarde is the mother of Helen Hardin, whose early paintings are represented in the CAS painting collection, and the sister of Legoria Tafoya, whose pottery is represented in the CAS pottery collection.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 18.4, Length = 20.3

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0918   CAS 0370-0918; Drawing
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Drawing
Culture Hopi
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Navajo
Other Geographic Data Hopi Indian Reservation; Second Mesa; Village: Shungopovi
Maker's Name Vaughn Saufkie (b. 1942)
Date of Manufacture 1954
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Pastel chalk on paper
Description Drawing entitled "Bird", depicting stylized image of single bird in flight, drawn in colors of red, blue, and green against a red and blue background; Drawing is unsigned. Vaughn Saufkie's father was Hopi silversmith, Paul Saufki, also respresented in the CAS collection.e.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 30.4, Length = 22.8

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0919   CAS 0370-0919; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Maricopa
Other Geographic Data City: Phoenix
Maker's Name hazel J. W. (?) or Charley Peshlakai (?)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1950
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque watercolor on paper
Description Painting on black construction paper entitled "Indian Symbol" depicting stylized outline image of thunderbird with outstretched wings and spread tail; Figure is painted in white against a plain black background; Signature "Hazel J.W." is printed in white paint in lower left corner; Painting is glued to white poster board, on the back of which is written "Charley Peshlakai, Phoenix Indian Sch., (L. Wyman, Teacher)" [Leland Wyman].
Dimensions (cm) Width = 23.0, Length = 29.9

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0920   CAS 0370-0920; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Creek, Potawatomi
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Oklahoma
County unknown
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Crumbo, Sr. (1912-1989)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1935-1945
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque watercolor on paper
Description Untitled painting on brown paper depicting a burial platform with shrouded body on top and the personal effects (saddle, bow and quiver of arrows, eagle feather headdress, pipe bag, and parfleche) of the deceased suspended from the platform or arranged at its base; Small fire burns beneath platform and 3 wolves are encircling in foreground; Signature "Crumbo" is printed in orange paint in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 40.7, Length = 30.2

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0921   CAS 0370-0921; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Carlos Apache
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data City: Santa Fe
Maker's Name Wilson Dewey (Sundust) (1915-1969)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1940
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque watercolor on poster board
Description Painting on white poster board entitled "Apache Dancer" depicting single crown dancer, shown in left profile in animated dance pose standing on left leg and with left arm raised overhead; Dancer is dressed in moccasins, fringed buckskin kilt, and black cloth head and face mask with crown of wooden slats painted with snake motif; Long red streamers trail from dancer's upper arms and he carries wooden sword in each hand; Signature "Wilson Dewey" is printed in gray paint near lower right corner; "Apache Dancer, Price -- $15.00, Apache Artist Wilson Dewey" is handwritten in pencil on reverse. This painting was selected by Ruth and Charles deYoung Elkus in 1949 as their annual holiday card in 1949, printed by the Grabhorn Press in San Francisco.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 23.7, Length = 33.1

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0922   CAS 0370-0922; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data San Ildefonso Pueblo
Maker's Name Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal) (1898-1955)
Date of Manufacture 1938
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Colored ink on paper
Description Painting on white paper entitled "The Bull and the Koshares", depicting 2 Koshare clowns, whose bodies are painted in black and white stripes, riding bareback on a black bull; Koshare in front is holding on to bull's horn, while face of second Koshare is hidden behind first Koshare; Signature "Awa Tsireh 1938" is printed in black ink in lower right corner. Awa Tsireh was the cousin of Margaret Lou Gutierrez, whose work is represented in the CAS pottery collection.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 36.4, Length = 28.5

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0923   CAS 0370-0923; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Zia Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Sandoval
Other Geographic Data Zia Pueblo
Maker's Name Rafael Medina (Tee Ya Cha Na) (b. 1929)
Date of Manufacture 1966
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Tempera on mat board
Description Painting entitled "Zia Clown Dancer", depicting single Koshare dancer, shown in dancing pose with right leg and both arms raised; Dancer's body is painted in alternating horizontal black and white stripes and his hair is pulled back into two pony tails; Top of small fir tree is shown in lower right; Signature "1966 R. Medina" is printed in white paint with Zia sun symbol in lower left corner; Title and artist's name are both handwritten and printed in pencil on reverse.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 14.2, Length = 20.4

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0924   CAS 0370-0924; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Cochiti Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Sandoval
Other Geographic Data Cochiti Pueblo
Maker's Name Justino Herrera (Stimone) (b. 1920)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1940-1950
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque paint on paper
Description Painting on white paper entitled "Red Buffaloes" depicting red buffalo dancer shown in left profile and dressed in white kilt and red buffalo headdress; Forelegs and forearms are colored turquoise and remainder of body is painted deep red; Figure stand atop short steps holding tree branch in left hand and gourd rattle in right hand, facing pueblo woman dressed in moccasins, yellow dress, and white woven manta; Large basket filled with bread, corn and other gifts sets at woman's feet; Inscription "Happy Greeting to Mr. & Mrs. Young (sic) Elkus" is printed in turquoise-colored ink along bottom edge; Signature "From painting by Justino Herrera" is printed in black ink in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 22.8, Length = 18.2

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0925   CAS 0370-0925; Painting ("Navajo Singers")
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting ("Navajo Singers")
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. California
County San Francisco
Other Geographic Data City: San Francisco
Maker's Name R. C. Gorman (Rudolph Carl Gorman) (1931-2005)
Date of Manufacture 1958
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials India ink and watercolor on paper
Description Pen and ink and watercolor wash drawing on white paper entitled "Navajo Singers", depicting 4 Navajo men in single row, singing while one of them plays pueblo-style drum; Singers are drawn in black ink and are shown from knee-length height dressed in jeans, shirts, and shoulder blankets, all painted brown and blue and set against a blue watercolor wash background; Signature "R.C. Gorman '58" is printed in black ink in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 30.6, Length = 25.4

Catalog Number CAS 0370-0926   CAS 0370-0926; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data San Ildefonso Pueblo
Maker's Name Romando Vigil (Tse Ye Mu) (1902-1978)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1930
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Colored ink on paper
Description Untitled painting on heavy white paper, depicting single image of Shalako shown in left profile against plain white background; Figure is shown in striding position, dressed in full ceremonial attire, including kilt, shawl and tall headdress with eagle plume crown and protruding mouth (mask is incorrectly colored yellow instead of blue); Signature "Tse-ye-mu" is printed in black ink in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 11.4, Length = 17.8

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0927   CAS 0370-0927; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Apache
Other Geographic Data Community: Wide Ruins
Maker's Name Beatien Yazz (Beatian Yazz, Jimmy Toddy) (b. 1928)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1948
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque watercolor on construction paper
Description Untitled painting on purple construction paper depicting single light blue fawn leaping over several stylized blue snakeweed (?) plants that appear to be growing out of brown rocks; Signature "Beatien Yazz" along with copyright symbol are printed in orange paint in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 30.4, Length = 22.9

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0928   CAS 0370-0928; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Santa Clara Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Rio Arriba
Other Geographic Data Santa Clara Pueblo
Maker's Name Helen Hardin (Tsa-Sah-Wee-Eh) (1943-1984)
Date of Manufacture 1958
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque watercolor on mat board
Description Painting entitled "Long Horn", depicting Zuni katsina, Saiyatasha (Zuni Rain Priest of the North, Long Horn) who orchestrates the annual Shalako ceremony, the only time he appears; Figure is wearing buckskin cape, moccasins and leggings, white shirt, and turquoise-colored head mask with single horn extending to his right; Figure carries bundle of blue corn in his left hand and rattle of sheep scapula bones (?) in right hand; Signature "Tsa-sah-wee-eh" is printed near lower right corner. Helen Hardin is the daughter of Pablita Velarde, whose paintings are also represented in the CAS painting collection.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 23.0, Length = 30.7

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0929   CAS 0370-0929; Drawing
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Drawing
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Apache or Navajo
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name James (Jimmy) Mitchell (Che Chilly Nez) (deceased)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1950s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials India ink on paper
Description Pen and ink drawing on white paper entitled "Thunderbird and Fox", depicting stylized bird painted with geometric designs and fox, apparently discussing fate of dead rabbit that lies between them; Overhead is stylized rain cloud with bolt of lightning extending downward; Signature "Che-chilly Nez" and initials "J. M." are printed in black ink in lower right corner; Artist's name "James Mitchell" and title of painting are written in upper left corner on reverse in blue ink.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 34.7, Length = 27.7

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0930   CAS 0370-0930; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data City: Santa Fe
Maker's Name Harrison Begay (Haskay Yahneyah) (1914 or 1917-2012)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1934-1936
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque watercolor on paper
Description Painting on white paper entitled "Navajo Children Before a Campfire", depicting Navajo man kneeling and 2 young Navajo women standing by campfire; Man dressed in gray jeans and rust-colored shirt; Woman on left dressed in blue skirt and blouse and red and tan striped blanket; Woman on right dressed in green skirt, rust-colored blouse, and gray and blue striped blanket; Several stylized plants are interspersed among figures, but overall there is little attempt at perspective; Signature "H. Begays" (sic) is printed in pencil in lower right corner; Artist's name, tribe, and title of painting are handwritten on reverse; "The Studio, U.S. Indian School, Santa Fe, New Mexico" is stamped on reverse.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 16.8, Length = 18.6
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