I’ll try not to be too wordy in telling the story…The late 1800’s was a time of robust western American expansion. The remoteness of the region was eased by the arrival of railroads, and Tucson was the hub of that railroad expansion.
At that time in southern Arizona, there were people of many races living and working in all endeavors. The Chinese parasol is indicative of outside influence on the Native peoples during that time. They could well have traded for something like the parasol in what was the melting pot of early Tucson citizenry.
I enjoy painting imagined stories when thinking about potential interactions as Native Americans traded with other tribes and other peoples during this period of influx and settlement of the west.
Under a Vast Sky” opens October 13 and runs through December 3, 2017. (My apologies for the redundancy if I also send you a flier!)
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