Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

Down and Out
  • Bunky Echo-Hawk
    born 1975
    born: Toppenish, Washington, United States ; active: United States
  • Down and Out, 2011
  • acrylic, canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 48 x 60 in
  • Not on display
  • EL2011.032
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Passages: Persistent Visions of a Native Place," Sep-2011, Nancy Mahaney
This painting portrays a Pawnee Scout, a member of an elite Pawnee military group that served the U.S. Army for generations. They were highly instrumental in ending the Indian Wars, and additionally were instrumental in protecting the railroad expansion. In turn, the Pawnee Nation was poorly served by the U.S. government-so badly, in fact, that they decided to move us from our homelands, where we believe we lived since the beginning of time, to Oklahoma. This painting reflects the sentiment I imagine those veterans had at the time...