Native American


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


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.

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