Diorama of 17th century native Americans waiting for buffalo at a salt lick


Accession Number: 2003.185.70

Description: The painted plaster diorama shows figures of two native Americans with bows and arrows in the foreground facing a buffalo, at center, that is grazing at a salt lick. A background of distant buffalo and mountains is painted on cardboard. The diorama is displayed in a wood case, painted black, with a top-hinged lid that can be propped open, and is viewed through a front glass-enclosed opening. The back panel of the case is hinged at the bottom and fastens at the top with a metal hook. A small portion of a paper label with black lettering is glued to the top of the lid and reads "Indians Waiting For Buff[alo] At Salt Lick, These Buffalo Trails Became Our Road[s], 17th Cent[ury]" and is numbered D-3. A Kentucky School for the Blind property label with number 107189 is attached to the top left of the case. Diorama was made by Works Progress Administration employees as part of a museum education project and was used at the Kentucky School for the Blind. The quiver of the figure to the left is chipped slightly.

Date Made: ca. 1940

Collection: KSB Collection

History/Provenance: KSB Collection

Credit Line: Gift of the Kentucky School for the Blind, 2003.185

Subjects: History. Indians of North America. Instructional aids, tools, and supplies.

Dimension Notes: 9 x 12 3/4 x 10 in.

Made: Kentucky Museum Project, WPA

Material: Plaster, wood, glass, cardboard

Updated: 06/24/2021