Description: This is a print of a sketch done by Charles “Chuck” Raymond of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. He was born in Winnebago but his family moved to Sioux City in 1941 when he was 10 years of age. Throughout his schooling he was praised both for his athletic and artistic abilities, and he has even said that one of his teachers at Central High School was a major influence on his artwork. He moved back to Winnebago in his senior year and graduated there, continuing his education at Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield, South Dakota. He served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953 but always had a skill and talent for art. Raymond painted the murals that can be seen at West High and numerous Sioux City business offices, all with a traditional Native look and style.
In the 1960s Raymond was commissioned by the Sioux City Museum to create illustrations that would “bring to life” various Native American artifacts in the museum. His sketches and paintings, like the one shown here, show the traditional uses of many kinds of museum artifacts. These sketches and paintings have been a significant part of the museum’s Native American exhibitions ever since. Raymond remained passionate about his art and educating people about the Native lifestyle until his death in Sioux City in 1969 at the age of 58.
Commissioned by the Sioux City Museum and Historical Association