Native American

Horse Mask

Artist: Joyce Growing Thunder

Culture/People: Assiniboine (Nakota)

Place: Fort Peck, Montana

Media: Beads, muslin backing, turkey feathers, metal discs, and beads

Dims: 16.5 x 17.5 in. (41.9 x 44.5 cm)

Date: 2000

Description: Take a moment to take a deep breath and look at the incredible detail of this beaded horse mask, holding generations of history. Created by Joyce Growing Thunder, a living legend, its spectacular beadwork unites tradition and innovation. Joyce began to bead as a child, taught by her grandmothers. Joyce’s daughter and granddaughters carry on the tradition. Art has an important story for us especially now, one of patience, perseverance, and generational connection.

RTC No: NA0435
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011

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