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No. 2       July -1-
lead plans on the spaces for days- all quite different and individual- a wall which should be a unit will be [[insertion]]even[[/insertion]] more a medley than the rest of the room, if we give it over to them. Mr Ferris hopes that in some way it may be enlivened with animals. I have thought of giving that whole side of the room over to the activities of the people- pottery-making, weaving, cornplanting,sheepherding, silver smithing, [balsing,?], water carrying,
works with horses, burros, goats,- hunting.
But there are difficulties.
The [[insertion]]other[[/insertion]] walls progress beautifully. Riley is painting a magnificent eagle-dancer with nothing to "go by" as we say. A visitor was here from Cleveland today who teaches art to high school children about[[insertion]] the age of [[/insertion]] most of these and she could scarcely believe this part of it - that fully half the decorations are done quite freely - thought out carefully but created directly and placed on the wall with no sketch. Today I came across a rough layout of the principal lines and directions [[insertion]]of a thunderbird [[/insertion]] done in pencil on a bit of newspaper. It was Richard's.  The colors and embellishments he chooses as he goes & apparently had no use for the rough sketch after the first minutes of getting his rhythms, [[insertion squeezed in and down the side of the right edge of paper]] the great round sweep of the wing, the small circle of tooled obliques downward likes for feathers of wings & fan shape for tail.[[/insertion squeezed in and down the side of the right edge of paper]] Had our first adverse criticism today. A house painter of Santo Domingo - paused in his labors to tell me he does not consider it a proper place for eating. Why? It looks like a religious room. "Too many sun gods and symbols is it - but they are beautiful." "In here they are funny." "But the other boys don't think so. They were given their choice of what they should put on the walls & they chose to paint these things. What would you have chosen?" "An American flag for one thing." "But that would be funny." "You are funny - you like Indian art and you are not Indian. You say I am funny because I like Anglo art." "I like Anglo art for Anglo houses too, but I like Indian Art for Indian houses - this is a house for Indians.
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