The Dying Indian
Charles Cary Rumsey
As part of his 2020 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Jeffrey Gibson commissioned a pair of beaded moccasins from the artist John Little Sun Murie to adorn this early twentieth-century bronze, which portrays a stereotyped “dying” Native warrior. Through this gesture, Gibson and Murie interrupt the myth that Native Americans were doomed to extinction, one perpetuated by traditional narratives of U.S. history and sculptures like this one.
The title of Murie’s moccasins, rendered in beadwork at Gibson’s request along each shoe’s buckskin edge, comes from Roberta Flack’s song “See You Then.” Gibson and Murie honor the Native subject rendered anonymous by the sculpture’s original artist, reclaiming his story as one of dignity, strength, and survival.
113 x 101 x 31 in. (287 x 256.5 x 78.7 cm)
sight measurement June 29 2018: 98 × 34 × 111 in. (248.9 × 86.4 × 281.9 cm)
storage (2022 storage volume on custom skid): 104 × 116 × 19 in. (264.2 × 294.6 × 48.3 cm) (show scale)
Incised on proper right side of base at back: "H. ROUARD. Fondeur. PARIS"
Inscribed on base near proper left rear foot of horse: "C. C. Rumsey. Paris. 190[?]"
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Gift of Mrs. Charles Cary Rumsey
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Charles Cary Rumsey (American, 1879-1922). The Dying Indian, 1900s. Bronze, 113 x 101 x 31 in. (287 x 256.5 x 78.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Charles Cary Rumsey, 30.917. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 30.917_view01_PS11.jpg)
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