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Catalog Number 2000.013.001
Object Name Painting
Artist Beeler, Joe Neil
Title War Paint and Gun Powder
Date 2000
Medium oil on canvas
Description Native Americans in traditional dress in a circle with cowboys, trading or presenting gifts. This painting is of a group of Southern Plains Indians trading for guns and powder with a couple of "Comancheros". These were Anglos who were notorious for providing firearms and "firewater" to the Native Americans.

Southern Plains Indians are glad to trade buffalo hides for shootin, irons. These traders are operating against the law, however, and the outcome could be war.

Joe Beeler went to Kansas State Teachers' College and studied illustration under Bob Peak at Art Center School in Los Angeles. In 1965 he helped start the Cowboy Artists of America.

These traders are changing the Southern Plains Indians culture for all time, by bringing "shootin' irons" to exchange for buffalo hides. The Indians were happy to trade, but the outcome could mean war.
Dimensions H-39 W-56.87 inches
Height (in) 39
Width (in) 56.87
Dimension Details 30 (h) x 48 (w) unframed
Imagefile 001\2000.013.001.JPG