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Go Back Calling the Eagles.  Listen to the Drum:  Name Your Tribe.  Answer the Census Go Forward
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Jerry Ingram (born 1941)
Calling the Eagles. Listen to the Drum: Name Your Tribe. Answer the Census, 1990
offset lithograph
54.6 x 63.5 cm (21 1/2 x 25 in.)
Bureau of the Census

In preparation for the 1990 census, the Bureau of the Census reached out to Native Americans. After discussions with leaders at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, they appointed Tom Oxendine to put together a public relations program. Oxendine commissioned posters from Native American artists such as Jerry Ingram to persuade the justifiably suspicious population that the count would benefit the tribes and assist in gaining for them a more equitable share of federal funds to pay for schools and health care.

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Biography of Jerry Ingram

Born in Battiest, Oklahoma, part of the Choctaw nation, Jerry Ingram attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico, before receiving a B.A. degree from Oklahoma State Technical Institute in 1966. By then he was already accepting art commissions and soon began to receive awards for his work. In 1967 he moved to New Mexico, where he has continued to paint while establishing himself as an important graphic designer. He has also worked as an illustrator.

Over the last quarter century, Ingram has received awards for his achievements in the visual arts and also for his efforts to expand the understanding and appreciation of Native American culture. A solo exhibition of Ingram's work was presented at the Heard Museum in Phoenix in 1972. The historical accuracy of the forms and details he presents distinguishes his work in both graphic and fine arts.

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