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About "Daytime Gaze": A Nez Perce Woman looks across the prairie


Daytime Gaze, a slice-of-life picture from the life of a young woman

COLLECTOR UPDATE: Daytime Gaze has been sold.

"Daytime Gaze" in its new home

Background on Daytime Gaze

This year for the Celebration of Fine Art show, I created a set of paintings that the intention of showing candid views of historic Native American life.

In Daytime Gaze, I portray a young Nez Perce woman looking across the windswept plains. She wears ceremonial dress embellished with wavy quillwork bands and beaded fringe. On her belt she has an intricate beaded pouch and knife sheath.

2012 Daytime Gaze

2012 "Daytime Gaze"

About the Nez Perce

The traditional Nez Perce homeland is located in the Plateau Culture area in what is now northern Idaho, eastern Oregon, and southeastern Washington.

Nez Perce is derived from the French name giving to the tribe by fur traders in the region and means "pierced noses." The tribal name for the Nez Perce is Nimiipu and means "the people".

Traditionally, the Nez Perce were nomadic, seasonally moving their villages. Summer homes were quickly assembled lean-to structures; winter weathers were multi-family earth-covered pithouses.

In the early 18th-century, the Nez Perce acquired the horse through trade. They quickly became skilled with the animals and gained a reputation as brilliant horse breeders and trainers. After obtaining the horse, the culture ranged farther in search of food and abandoned their traditional lean-to structure in favor of tipis like the Great Plains groups.

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