Off-Road, Unhappy

Congratulations to Erika Fredrickson and the Montanan for the timely article, “Work of Art” [Winter 2015], celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana.

Elizabeth Tangye Lochrie (American, 1890-1981) Chief Dewey Beard or Iron Hail, 1965, oil on canvas, 20¼ x 16 inches, Montana Institute of the Arts Collection

I was impressed and amazed at the use of the portrait and story of Chief Dewey Beard as an example of the scope of the museum’s collection, as well as the story of the artist, Elizabeth Tangye Lochrie.

I met Chief Dewey Beard in 1949 in the Badlands National Park in South Dakota and have been a student of his ever since. The chief’s life story ranges from his participation in the Battle of Little Bighorn to his exile in Canada with Sitting Bull to fighting at the battle of Wounded Knee and being a member of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

The museum is fortunate to have this work of art as it exemplifies the struggles of the Native American culture. 

Gilbert Bremicker  ’56
Cherokee, Iowa 

The Montanan would like to thank the following readers for recently donating to the magazine: Sean Borchers, Tommy Booras, Donald Raymond, Jack Mahan, Carla Boettcher, Laureen Murphree, Morris Peters, Delores Benner, Alvin E. Ludwig, Roger Arnston, Dorthea “Dede” Myers, Ardythe Hedges, Una S. Schlaebitz, David Kearns, Dorothy Davis, and Thomas J. Zakos.

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