Collection of Herb and Peggy Puffer.
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return to the Frank Day exhibit.
"Day and his generation grew up under extraordinary
pressure to assimilate to American society and were unable to sustain
all of their ancestor's cultural practices. Following the death of
his father in 1922, Day spent over a decade traveling through Indian
country in the western states. In 1930, Day returned to California, where
he worked as an agricultural laborer. After a serious injury in 1960,
he took up painting as therapy. Although he began by painting 'non - Indian' subject
matter, Day soon began painting Maidu themes. In doing so, he transformed
his cultural memory into a visual record characterized by bold color,
strong composition, and a distinctly self-taught style."
- Rebecca J. Dobkins, Memory and Imagination guest curator.