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The Songmaker by Blackbear Bosin displayed at the Indian Center Museum in Wichita is an interesting painting The painting was done in 1970 using gouache and painted on a thirty inch by twenty-two inch canvas It is in a private collection and the value of the painting is unknown The Songmaker is a Kiowa Medicine Man whose eyes are shut and he appears to be in the middle of a spiritual dance or singing His eyelids cheeks and nose are all painted red as if he is wearing a mask His hair is long and black with white long bangs the headdress he wears is small and has three feathers hanging off the front of his face On top of his head sits a songbird that seems to be singing with the man He wears a white necklace with red beads and an emblem of some kind against his neck Hes keeping the beat with a drum and a ceremonial drumstick with long tassels hanging off of it The whole scene seems sort of dreamlike with the center background being shades of violet that turn into gray Outside of the gray is cream that turns into dark green It all draws your attention onto the medicine man in the middle I think what the artist was trying to convey is that the medicine man is somewhat dreamlike His eyes are painted signifying sleep Maybe the medicine man came to the artist in a dream or a vision Maybe the medicine man is blind or he could be seeing blood signifying the pain of his people There also appears to be red feathers or fire coming from the back of his head My only guess of what this means is maybe fire burning through his head again signifying pain His headdress also may be covering his face or his eyes but it is hard to tell The bird on top is singing with him and maybe
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