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Mamie Deschillie
Buffalo
1987
paint, cloth, and costume jewelry on cardboard
38 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 5 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment



Mamie Deschillie is a sheep and goat herder who lives in "the Navajo way" and launched a late-life career as an artist. She is best known for cardboard cutouts of animals native to the American Southwest and others she has seen in circuses and children's books. Dangling earrings and furry cloth add notes of personal charm to this quizzical-looking buffalo.