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Hopi children in Kansas?

Patrick Patrick

posted on July 23, 2013

Still, researching three 1921 oil painting from Halstead Kansas. Interaction with the US government increased with the establishment of the Hopi reservation in 1882. Missionary efforts intensified and Hopi children were kidnapped from their homes and forced to attend industrial farm school orphanages far from home, exposing them to new cultural influences. Looking at the paintings I see what seems to be an adobe home? Halstead had a Mennonite industrial farm school orphanage and contracted with government and sold children for domestic and farm labor. Ignore the German name and look at the art. My opinion; Indian orphan in touch with nature.

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Patrick Patrick

posted on July 24, 2013

Second painting; I could be wrong. Just hard to picture a 1920’s woman with a feathered flapper hat and costume in a creek bed painting pictures? Maybe she was dating Maxfield Parrish.

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