Restless Native

New book sheds light on a neglected Indian artist

Neither artist Angel De Cora nor her art have anything to do with motor homes. The “Winnebago” in the title of Linda M. Waggoner’s book Fire Light: The Life of Angel De Cora, Winnebago Artist refers to the Winnebago reservation in Nebraska where De Cora was born in 1871. De Cora grew up to become an artist ahead of her time as well as the founder of America’s early Indian arts movement. In Waggoner’s book and a related lecture, the author recaps the life of the neglected artist: Born in a wigwam, De Cora was part Winnebago and part French. At age 12, she was sent to the Hampton Institute in Virginia, where she studied art. Because De Cora was so far removed from her culture, her work didn’t reflect the then-typical American Indian painting style, though it did retain subject matter considered “Indian.” Waggoner signs copies of her book following the talk.
Wed., Jan. 21, 6:45 p.m., 2009
 
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