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Allan Haozous, known as Allan Houser, was born into the Chirichahua Apache tribe in 1914. Houser learned about the pride of the Apache throughout his childhood and his artistic style holds the same respect towards his heritage. He believes that art should be a reflection of one's heritage while still maintaining accessibility to all people. Completed in 1993, Raindrops is a work from toward the end of his career and is a visual representation of a legend central to many tribes whose prayers were for rain. His sculptures convey strength, dignity, and the will to endure, and invite us to explore Native American life and history. Houser states, “I work not just for myself, but to honor the American Indian. I hope to draw attention to centuries-old Indian values, especially concepts of living in harmony with nature that can benefit all people…”

Raindrops was cast into bronze from an original 1993
steatite (or soapstone) carving. It is one of an edition of ten and still considered an original work of the artist. Raindrops is in the collection of the Mashantuckett Pequot Tribe in Connecticut. Bronze castings of Raindrops are included in the permanent collections of the Michener Art Museum and the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Details

  • Title: Raindrops
  • Creator: Allan Houser
  • Date: 1993
  • Physical Dimensions: w34 x h60 x d46 inches
  • Credit Line: James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Mrs. Mattiemae Silverman.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: bronze

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