Potawatomi art and artists
One of the most talented and best known American Indian artists, Woodrow Crumbo, was a member of the Potawatomi tribe. One of his murals is at the Department of the Interior Building at Washington.
Potawatomi artists were known for their quill embroidery, basketry, and floral beadwork. Many contemporary Potawatomi artists today are painters and sculptors.
In the 1970s, Potawatomi painter Daphne Odjig brought together a small group of native artists to collaborate with and support one another. The group—Odjig, Norval Morrisseau, Jackson Beardy, Carl Ray, Joseph Sanchez, Eddy Cobiness and Alex Janvier—quickly gained attention for their spirited, stylized canvases that gave a visual interpretation to the First Nations oral tradition and challenged the establishment's perspective of Aboriginal art as craft.
The group's work covered the gamut from intensely spiritual to slyly humourous, deeply personal to fiercely political. It took Canada by storm, in both native and non-native communities. Eventually they were even referred to as the "Indian Group of Seven," a tongue-in-cheek comparison that nonetheless pointed to the impact this group made both culturally and politically.
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