Welcome to my Native American Gallery,

My Native American interests began in 2007 when my wife, Lynn, and I discovered the rich culture and heritage of the American West through our involvement with the Booth Western Art Museum. With the guidance of the Museum and numerous trips to the West, we began our enjoyment and collection of Western and Native American art. Through historical research and friendships with Native Americans, I found the quiet dignity and pride that is so rich in their culture, which has inspired me to create this body of work.

I hope these emotions are evident to you, the viewer.

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Dream Song

When American Indian Medicine Men and Women were called upon to attend to their tribesman, they would fast in order to recieve a Spirit Song in a dream or vision instructing them how to help in the healing of the sick and injured. These healers were known as “Shamans” and were regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil spirits. Only a select few members of the tribe were chosen to heal through their “Dream Songs”.

Artist: Barry Henderson
Title: Dream Song
Limited Edition of 9
Medium: Shown in pre-cast clay and final bronze casting
Dimensions: 47H x 20W x 20D
Price: $6500

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Dream Song (Head Study)

This is a study for the head of the standing “Dream Song” figure above.

Artist: Barry Henderson
Title: Dream Song (Head Study)
Medium: Marble Composite (Shown), Also available in Bronze
Dimensions: 11H x 9W x 8D
Price: Marble Composite $850; Bronze $2500

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Looking Back

In 1851 the United States Congress passed the Indian Appropriations Act which authorized the creation of Indian reservations in Oklahoma. Many tribes were forced onto limited parcels of land and required to give up their former freedoms and traditions. The glory days of the buffalo hunt and war pony were replaced with the plow and plow horse. “Looking Back” is in remembrance of a time past – a time when the Indian and his pony lived a life of pride and honor.

Artist: Barry Henderson
Title: Looking Back
Limited Edition of 32
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: 13H x 16W x 9D
Price: $2750

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Prayer to the Morning Sun

“Great Spirit of flight, come to me out of the East with the power of the rising sun. Let there be light in my words, let there be light on my path that I walk. Let me remember always that you give the gift of a new day. And never let me be burdened with sorrow by not starting over again.” – Sioux Prayer

Artist: Barry Henderson

Title: Prayer to the Morning Sun (Maquette)
Limited Edition of 32
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: 24H x 7W x 13D
Price: $2500

Title: Prayer to the Morning Sun (Large)
Limited Edition of 9
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: 48H x 18W x 18D
Price: $6000

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Silent Warrior

The first American mingled with his pride a singular humility. He believed profoundly in silence – the sign of a perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute balance of body, mind, and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood, ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence – not a leaf, as it were active on the tree, not a ripple upon the surface of the shining pool – his, in the mind of the unlettered sage, is the ideal attitude and conduct of life… Silence is the cornerstone of character.

Artist: Barry Henderson
Title: Silent Warrior
Limited Edition of 32
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: 15H x 11W x 7D
Price: $2500

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Another Broken Treaty

The U.S. Government’s inability to abide by its treaty obligations with Indian Tribes was related to an insatiable demand for cheap land for settlers. Indians generally had a different concept of land ownership than Europeans, emphasizing land use for hunting, farming, or dwelling for the tribe, but not recognizing the concept of individual ownership. Indian society was loose, decentralized, democratic, and non-authoritarian where “chiefs” were often men of respect but not designated by the tribe to make decisions. The result was that treaties were often signed with Indian leaders who did not have the authority of the tribe. Whether the system of the Indian treaties was meant to work is unclear, but in reality, over 500 treaties were broken.

Artist: Barry Henderson
Title: Another Broken Treaty
Limited Edition of 32
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: 42H x 15W x 13D
Price: $4500

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The Bonnet

Artist: Barry Henderson
Title: The Bonnet
Limited Edition of 32
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: 13H x 5W x 5D
Price: $1150

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Sun Dance

Sun Dance is my first work in steel. This piece represents the Indian’s spiritual connection to Nature and the Sun. The patina is created by the natural aging caused by the Sun and Rain.

Artist: Barry Henderson
Title: Sun Dance
Limited Edition of 12
Medium: Steel naturally weathered
Dimensions: 48H x 42W x 9D
Price: $1500

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The Thief

The Raven in Indian mythology is the “Creator of the World”, but it is also considered a trickster god. One of many legends regarding the Raven has him originally living in the land of spirits (literally “bird land”) that existed before the world of humans. One day the Raven became so bored with “bird land” that he flew away, carrying a stone in his beak. When the Raven became tired of carrying the stone and dropped it, the stone fell into the ocean and expanded until it formed the land on which humans were to live.

Artist: Barry Henderson
Title: The Thief
Limited Edition of 32
Medium: Bronze with turquoise stone
Dimensions: 12H x 25W x 6D
Price: $2750

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