LOT 167

Earl Biss


Spirits of the Stick Indians

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

DIMENSIONS: 24 x 64 inches

Signed upper right

Signed, titled and dated 83 verso


SOLD FOR: $26,325.00

Including Buyers Premium

Additional Information

Crow modernist Earl Biss began his art career as part of the inaugural class at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He later studied under painter Fritz Scholder, Hopi jewelry icon Charles Loloma and sculptors Allan House and John Chamberlain. Biss would produce works in two distinct styles: loosely painted modernist landscapes and highly stylized figures. This painting, Spirits of the Stick Indians, shows a crucial part of Crow mythology. The Stick Indians, also known as Nirumbee or Awwakkulé, were “little people” warriors who appeared in the dreams of Plenty Coups, the visionary Crow chief. The Stick Indians are still prominent figures in Crow culture and mythology. They are viewed as fierce fighters, but also as the keepers of Crow wisdom.


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