Lakota Sisters


Artist
Frank Howell (American, 1937 – 1997)
Date
1984
Medium
Lithograph
Dimensions
Plate : 31 x 20 1/4 in. (78.74 x 51.43 cm)
Sheet : 32 x 21 in. (81.28 x 53.34 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2021.11

Label
Frank Howell belonged to a generation of Native American artists who in the 1970s and 80s moved beyond popular-culture stereotypes of Indians and sought to capture the beauty, dignity and complexity of indigenous American peoples and cultures. Of Lakota Sioux ancestry, Howell was born in Sioux City, Iowa and educated at the University of Northern Iowa. He moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1968, opening an art studio and gallery where he both created and sold artworks inspired by Native American culture. The figures in Howell’s images often possess a mystical quality as if they are visions or ancestral spirits. This lithograph depicting a Lakota elder with a raven on her head is typical of Howell’s work. Ravens are regarded as sacred birds in traditional Lakota culture, symbolizing wisdom, prophecy and the triumph of light over darkness.

Object Type
Print