Wohaw, Kiowa

"Wohaw in Two Worlds" (1876-77) detail

Wohaw depicted himself in Kiowa dress with uncut hair, which was certainly not the case for the prisoners of Fort Marion. He had learned to write, for his name appears above his head, and to draw animals with foreshortened limbs in motion. The buffalo and bison move rapidly toward him while he stands stable looking between two different worlds, neither of which he can simply enter. It is in a realm of looking and deliberating, negotiating and choosing, that he drew his own self-image, fully conscious of change and crisis.