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

Tamara Dailey's avatar Tamara Dailey

‘”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