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Ga-Yen-Twa-Ga, Portrait of a Corn Planter


Half-length side-profile portrait of a man identified as former Rappahannock Chief Jim Johnson. The sitter was identified as a corn planter, Ga-Yen-Twa-Ga, from the Wolf Clan of the Rappahanock Tribe of Virginia by the artist, Charles F. Elvers (1897-1954). The sitter wears a feathered headdress and a tan-colored tunic, with his hair worn in two long braids. The artist was an archaeologist and ethnologist at Johns Hopkins University, who spent many summers in the southwest collecting Native American artifacts and donating them to the Maryland Academy of Science.




Oil on canvas


Painting: 12.5 H x 9.25 W inches; Frame: 18.75 H x 15.75 W inches

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The sitter in this portrait was recently identified by researcher Dr. Julia King and Rappahannock Chief, Anne Richardson, as being former Rappahannock Chief, Jim Johnson.

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Gift of the Estate of Dr. Isidore and Jacqueline Schwartzman

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Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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