8. Dave McGary

Dave McGary, Walks Among the Stars, 2006

Bronze with patina and paint, edition 2/9, gift of Jack and Lisa McLaine


Audio Transcript

Dave McGary is known for his realistic renditions of Native Americans, and follows a long portrait tradition in American art. This sculpture depicts a late nineteenth-century Lakota woman displaying the heirloom star quilt.

As the Indian Wars ended, Northern Plains tribes faced relocation to reservations, and Sioux women made patchwork quilts to replace traditional buffalo robes. Today, the star quilt is a symbol of prestige, sentiment, belonging, and status within Lakota culture and remains an integral part of many tribal ceremonies.