Lone Wolf, American, 1882 - 1965
Gift of Western Art Associates
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American and Western American
Born Hart Merriam Schultz in Montana Territory, Lone Wolf bridges the Native American and Euro-American culture of his father, James Willard Schultz, a notable writer on the Old West, and of his Blackfeet mother. He moved to Arizona in 1909, the same year he began to seriously produce art.
Lone Wolf had grown up listening to his grandfather’s stories of the great buffalo herds, upon which the Plains Indians depended; their decimation by white hunters was devastating. The artist increasingly focused on producing bronze sculptures in the 1930s, and while as an artist he worked “in the white man’s ways,” he wanted to present things as Indians “saw them and remember what they meant to him.”