Historic Portrait 2: "Rain-in-the-Face"

Tamara Dailey's avatar Tamara Dailey Vote Code: 66398

‘”I have lived peaceably ever since we came upon the reservation. No one can say that Rain In The Face has broken the rules of the Great Father. I fought for my people and my country. When we were conquered I remained silent, as a warrior should. Rain In The Face was killed when he put down his weapons before the Great Father. His spirit was gone then; only his poor body lived on, but now it is almost ready to lie down for the last time. Ho, hechetu! [It is well.]”’ ~Rain-in-the-Face (custerlives.com/indians8.htm). The portrait of Rain-in-the-Face, a Hunkpapa Sioux (ca.1835-1905), was inspired by an image from the National Archives collection of American Indian photographs (www.archives.gov). A few years ago, I discovered these amazing photographs while searching for reference photos on the Internet. The painting of Rain-in-the-Face began in acrylic because I wanted to use some metallic colors; however, it became mostly, if not completely covered with oils. An illustration of beadwork on nineteenth century western Sioux moccasins was my inspiration for the patterns surrounding the figure. I tried to capture the likeness of Rain-in-the-Face-- “Itonagaju” as well as include historic Sioux design into the composition.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5 inches
  • Medium: Oil & Acrylic on Canvas
  • Width: 36 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 48 inches