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|Title||Letter [manuscript]: Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, to My dear Mr. [E.A.] Burbank, 1908 Sept. 18|
|Author||Holmes, William Henry (1846-1933)|
|Date||View date in the chronology|
|Description||From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Letter written Sept. 18, 1908 by William H. Holmes to Elbridge Ayer Burbank, western painter and illustrator. In this letter Holmes responds to Burbank’s earlier inquiry regarding the purchase of his oil painting "Snake Dance." Burbank lived and travelled extensively throughout the southwest between 1897 and 1914 painting prominent Indian chiefs, groups of Indians, and ceremonial dances. He lived for some time among the Hopi Indians in Arizona where he witnessed the Snake Dance. In his reply, Holmes informs Burbank that Congress unfortunately has not allocated any funds for the purchase of art work.|
|Names||Burbank, Elbridge Ayer (1858-1949)|
|Places||Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, California, Arizona, United States|
|Keywords||art, Bureau of Ethnology, Congress of the United States, ceremony, ritual|
|Theme||Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters|
|Tribe / Nation||Go to Tribes and Nations page|
William Henry Holmes, archaeologist and artist, served as chief of the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution from 1902-1920.
For further correspondence regarding Burbank’s painting "Snake Dance," see Ayer MS 120.
The oil painting "Snake Dance" was purchased by the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, Ohio) in 1916.
|Library||The Newberry Library|
|Copyright||The Newberry Library|
|Collection||The Edward E. Ayer Collection|
|Reference||VAULT box Ayer MS 384|
|Catalogue Link||The Newberry Library Catalogue|