bust length figure in a hat facing right with three red hand prints above and the words "HEADDRESS" above
This image is from a series of monotypes the artist produced during the 1993 Smith College Print Workshop. The Workshop is an annual program that brings prominent visual artists and master printers to the studio classroom to collaborate on the development and production of a limited edition print. The central figure of Head Dress II and many of the other images from this series is of General George Armstrong Custer, the United States Army Officer best known for his campaigns against the Southern Cheyenne during the late 1860s, and for his resounding defeat (and death) at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876.
A head dress represents accumulated honors, and can only be worn by the person who earned it. The image makes clear Smith's view that Custer deserves the head dress of bloody hand prints it bears.
Native American; historical figures; social commentary; racism; genocide
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