Oka and Walmacho

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In this painting, done in broad brush strokes, the figures of two women fill the composition. One is seated in profile view and the other, standing behind her, gazes out into the distance. The forms of their bodies are set againist a plain white wall creating a strong outline, especially around the area of their hair and faces. There is also a strong color contrast between the dark black shawl worn by the standing woman and light pink shawl of the seated one. There is an amulet made of bone and feathers hanging on the wall in the upper right corner of the painting.
Victor Higgins
1915
During his early years in Taos, New Mexico, Victor Higgins painted scenes of Native Americans. In this painting he shows Oka, standing beside her daughter, Walmacho. There is an amulet of feathers and bone hanging on the wall next to them. While wearing this amulet as an infant, the daughter was thought to have brought her people good luck during an attack and helped them to be victorious. She was then given her name which means, "good luck".
Gift of Albert M. Todd
1931.13
Sunday, December 16, 2018