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BRUMMETT ECHOHAWK: PAWNEE THUNDERBIRD AND ARTIST. Kristin M. Youngbull. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2015. 220 pp. with 18 ills. (8 col.). 25 x 16 cm. LC 2014-50131 ISBN 9780806148267 In English.
Publisher's description: A true American hero who earned a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and a Congressional Gold Medal, Brummett Echohawk was also a Pawnee on the European battlefields of World War II. He used the Pawnee language and counted coup as his grandfather had done during the Indian wars of the previous century. This first book-length biography depicts Echohawk as a soldier, painter, writer, humorist, and actor profoundly shaped by his Pawnee heritage and a man who refused to be pigeonholed as an "Indian artist." Through his formative war service in the 45th Infantry Division (known as the Thunderbirds), Echohawk strove to prove himself both a patriot and a true Pawnee warrior. Pawnee history, culture, and spiritual belief inspired his courageous conduct and bolstered his confidence that he would return home. Echohawk's career as an artist began with combat sketches published under such titles as "Death Shares a Ditch at Bloody Anzio." His portraits of Allied and enemy soldiers, some of which appeared in the Detroit Free Press in 1944, included drawings of men from all over the world, among them British infantrymen, Gurkhas, and a Japanese American soldier. After the war, without relying on the GI Bill, Echohawk studied at the Art Institute of Chicago for three years.
Artist(s):Echohawk, Brummett
Indexing: Western, Native North America — United States — Post-1945 — Painting, (Auto)Biography — Other American Minority Artists
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 167751
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