National Anthropological Archives

Guide to MS 7616 Roland N. Whitehorse drawings, 1974


Collection ID:
Whitehorse, Roland Noah, 1920-1998
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
11 Drawings (visual works)
watercolor, ink, and pencil

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
The collection consists of eleven (11) watercolor, ink and pencil drawings by Roland N. Whitehorse. The drawings depict grotesquely comical men. One drawing folds at the edges so that it stands. It is a bust of a cadaverous man, with eagle feathers, discolored eye, diaper pen on a braid, tattoos, and other objects. There is another copy of this drawing and two preliminary drawings in the collection. Three drawings are a set depicting three views of a pot-bellied, garishly painted man. The remaining drawings are pencil sketches of similar figures in various poses.
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Biographical Note

Biographical Note
Roland Noah Whitehorse (1920-1988) was a Kiowa artist, historian, and storyteller. He was born in Carnegie, Oklahoma and attended St. Patrick's Catholic Missions School, Riverside Indian School, Bacone College, and the Dallas Art Institute. He served with the 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, and worked at Ft. Sill as an exhibit specialist with the Ft. Sill Museum and graphics illustrator for the Department of the Army. He was a direct descendant of To-hau-son, the last principal Chief of the Kiowas, and designed the official logo for the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.


Custodial History
The collecation was sent to Candace Green by Roland Whitehorse in November 1994 and transferred to the National Anthropological Archives by Green.

Digital Content

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Preferred Citation
MS 7616 Roland N. Whitehorse drawings, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution


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