Indian artist, actor Brummett Echohawk, 83, dies


Brummett Echohawk, a distinguished American Indian artist, died Monday. He was 83.

Funeral services are scheduled for noon Saturday at the Pawnee Nation Multipurpose Center in Pawnee under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home of Pawnee.

Echohawk, a Pawnee Indian, was born March 3, 1922, in Pawnee to Elmer Price and Alice Jake Echohawk.

He served with Oklahoma's 45th Infantry Thunderbird Division, Company B, 179th Infantry, during World War II.

He saw action in North Africa, Sicily and Italy and was cited for bravery in combat.

He received three Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

Art depicting combat that Echohawk produced during the war was published in the Army's Yank magazine and was syndicated in 88 newspapers.

Following the war, Echohawk studied at the Detroit School of Art and Crafts and at the Art In stitute of Chicago. He also attended the University of Chicago and studied journalism at the University of Tulsa.

Echohawk was a former staff artist for the Chicago Daily Times and Chicago Sun-Times.

He was widely known for his paintings of American Indians and the American West.

His landscape oil paintings were rendered in an impressionistic style with a palette knife -- and a Bowie knife.

Echohawk's paintings have hung in art museums around the world, including Tulsa's Gilcrease and Philbrook museums, and he was a former board member of the Gilcrease Museum.

One of his most significant achievements was assisting Thomas Hart Benton with the mural "Independence and the Opening of the West" for the Truman Memorial Library in Independence, Mo.

Echohawk also was an actor, having performed in plays, television productions and motion pictures.

Memorials in his name may be made to Pawnee Arts, P.O. Box 470, Pawnee, OK 74058.