208 pages, 27 color plates; 72
black and white images; notes,
bibliography & index


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The Art And Life of
By Tamara Liegerot Elder
Internationally known artist Acee Blue Eagle represented a true
enlightenment in the emanation of American Indian Art.  Blue Eagle was the
first American Indian artist to actively pursue a solo career as an artist,
dependent upon his artwork for his livelihood.  He traveled to England to
lecture at Oxford University, and while there, met the young girl who would
become the future Queen of England.
Blue Eagle, along with the Kiowa Five, represented the beginning of a major
new movement in American Indian Art.  They were the first generation of
contemporary 20th century native artists to paint and promote their art and
culture to the general public—a ground-breaking phenomenon that would
set the stage for future American Indian artists.
From his humble and tragic beginning in life, Blue Eagle emerged to become
one of the most famous Indian artists of his time.  He was well known not
only as an artist, but as a dancer, performer, musician, writer, teacher,
orator and poet.  With his colorful and vibrant personality, and love of art,
Blue Eagle opened doors for all future Indian artists.
About the Author —

Tamara Liegerot Elder is a Native
American Art Historian and former
Curator of American Indian Art at Red
Earth Museum in Oklahoma City. She
received her Master's Degree in
History from the University of Central
Oklahoma, Edmond, with an emphasis
in Native American art, history and
culture, and is working towards pre-
doctoral studies at present. She has
worked closely with many Native
American entities and has written for
the Oklahoma Heritage
Assoc. and Art Focus Oklahoma
magazine on Native American subject
matter. She has also written for Native
Peoples Magazine. In addition she
was Contributing Writer/Editor for
"Sharing the Heritage," a recent
historical/biographical history series
with HPNbooks.
"His paintings are beautiful...He has the expression of the artist's superior intellect, pride and sincerity, sensitiveness to
impressions and intimate familiarity with Indian lore and thinking and a spiritual quality derived from his deep devotion to
old traditions."  Oscar Jacobson

"...If Oklahoma has a foundation in Indian art, it is Acee Blue Eagle."
                                         Charles Banks Wilson

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"Lumhee Holot-tee: The Art and Life of Acee Blue
Eagle” (Medicine Wheel Press, $22.45) was written
by Tamara Liegerot Elder, an American Indian art
curator and historian who lives in Oklahoma.
Lumhee Holot-tee was Blue Eagle's Creek-Pawnee
name. Blue Eagle was born the year Oklahoma
became a state. The book tells of his years in Indian
boarding schools and his career as a teacher at
Bacone College. He was a contemporary of the
Kiowa Five artists and did much to promote
American Indian art.
He was the first American Indian artist to embark
upon a solo career. He traveled worldwide, displaying
his works. Blue Eagle believed he was predestined to
document and preserve the American Indian way of
For readers who are intrigued with the history of
American Indian art, the author does an excellent job
of tracing Blue Eagle's years as a muralist in
President Franklin Roosevelt's Works Progress
Administration program, the artist's friendship with
German artist Winhold Reiss and Blue Eagle's work
with close friends such as Oscar Jacobson, Thomas
Gilcrease, Angie Debo, TeAta Fisher, Woody
Crumbo and Charles Banks Wilson.
In addition to the history of art, the book provides
insight into Blue Eagle's military service, including his
near-death experience aboard a B-17 bomber during
World War II.
A bit of romance is included with stories of Blue
Eagle's relationship with Devi Dja, a famous Balinese
dancer who appeared in several 1940s Hollywood
Before his death in 1959, Blue Eagle hosted a
children's television program in Tulsa and spent his
final years doing what he could to preserve Indian
heritage and record Indian life.
To recognize Blue Eagle's prowess in other arts, the
author includes selected poems written by and for the
internationally known artist.

— Bob Burke,
Sunday Oklahoman