|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1906|
|Death: ||Dec. 28, 1974|
Published in The Carnegie Herald, Carnegie, Caddo Co., OK
Wed., Jan 1, 1975
Local Kiowa Artist Dies
Funeral services for James Auchiah, noted Kiowa artist, were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Carnegie. Auchiah died of a heart attack last Saturday night at his home near Carnegie. He was 68 years old. He had suffered a heart attack about a month ago, but had been release from the hospital and had returned to his home.
Auchiah was the last survivor of the famed first six Kiowa painters invited in 1927 to further their art work at the University of Oklahoma under the eye of the late Dr. Oscar B. Jacobson. The other artists were Spencer Asah, Jack Hokeah, Monroe Tsatoke, Stephen Mopope and Louise Smoky.
Many other Kiowa artists followed the six. They painted in their own highly individual styles and Jacobson made no attempt to tamper with their styles.
Auchiah's art work, most with historical emphasis in his favorite mediums of tempera and water color, was displayed on tours in the United States and Europe.
He helped reorganize and participated in the Kiowa Tia-Piah Society.
He was married to Happie Quetone of Mountain View December 29, 1931. After her death he was married to Celia Lone Wolf, who also is deceased.
He was a member of the Native American church for more than 40 years and also attended the Methodist church.
Survivors include a half-sister, Emma Doyebi of Lawton, five nieces and several cousins.
He attended Fort Sill Indian School and the University of Oklahoma School of Art, and was an art instructor at Riverside Indian school, Anadarko, in 1940 and 1941. Auchiah, Asah and Tsatoke painted the murials in the State Historial Society building in Oklahoma City in 1934, and in 1939 Auchiah and Mopope were awarded commissions by the U.S. government to paint huge murals in the dining room of the Department of the Interior building in Washington, D.C.
Auchiah was born near Meers Dec. 12, 1906. He was the son of Mark Auchiah and the grandson of Chief Satanta of the Kiowas. His father, Mark, and his uncle Odlepah, both served in Indian Troop I. of the 7th Cavalry under Gen. Hugh L. Scott at Fort Sill.
Auchiah retired June 2, 1967, after 17 years of civil service work as a painter at the Installations Section at Fort Sill. Later he joined the Fort Sill Museum staff, serving as curator of ethnology and Indian historical advisor until December, 1973. His duties at the museum included curatorial work on the museum‘s Indian collections, assistance on exhibit work, identification of historical photographs and research.
He portrayed Chief Satanta during the re-creation of the Sherman House incident as part of the Fort Sill Centennial pageant June 14, 1969.
He designed three of the four plains Indian teepees that are displayed at the Old Corral at Fort Sill, and assisted in the reburial of his grandfather Satanta in 1963 on Chiefs Knoll at Fort Sill.
He also participated in reactivation ceremonies of the Satanta Battalion, 6th Gun Bn., 14th Artillery at Fort Sill. The unit, first activated in 1917, was reactivated July 26, 1963. A 175 self-propelled outfit, it served in the Vietnam War.
Obituary and headstone submitted by Find a Grave Member; Lillian.
Created by: Jackie
Record added: Jan 02, 2011
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