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Graphite on art board - Original Size: 20” x 16” - 2005-Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma: Museum Permanent Collection:
Stickball is a tradition that gives a cultural identity to Choctaws. I have observed the “skill” that these modern day warriors have displayed on the field of play; the coordinated effort of each player is awesome to watch. The game of stickball is played without any padding and most players, over a hundred at a time on the field, also play bare-footed. It is a game for those who like to run, throw, and are not afraid of contact. Using two sticks, one longer than the other, the sticks have webbing that carries a leather-wound ball.
The original Choctaw stickballers used the strategies of the sport as a practice for war, as it is sometimes known as the “little brother of war.” In early days, disputes were settled instead of going to war.
Integrated into my illustration is the Choctaw word “”imponna” which translates to the title of this piece.
This illustration was chosen as a “branding” or “identity” piece for the Choctaw Days at the Smithsonian: National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, featuring the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The picture displays my art on a poster and t-shirts. I was also honored to have my work exhibited at the museum in June, 2011.
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