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Collection consists of one tintype and 499 black and white and color photographs, postcards, and cartes de visites.  Items mainly include Plains Indian subjects, Indian encampments, and Plains Indians involved in rites, ceremonies, rodeos, and fairs.  Tribes included are Arapaho, Assiniboine, Blackfoot (Siksika, Piegan, and Kainah), Cheyenne, Comanche, Crow, Kiowa, Nez Percé, and Sioux.

 

Dyck, Paul (1917 - 2006), Paul Dyck was born in Chicago in 1917. His parents were pioneers among the Blackfeet in southern Alberta, Canada and lived among the tribe with their son.  Dyck’s father began collecting artifacts that would later become the core of Paul Dyck’s artifact collection.  When Dyck was eight years old his parents moved to Europe where Dyck, descendent of Flemish painter Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), followed the family tradition of studying art.  He was apprenticed to his uncle Johann von Skramlik and served him in his studios in Florence, Prague, Rome, and Paris.  By the time Dyck was fifteen he was studying and pursuing his talents at the MunichAcademy.  While in Germany he had a brief encounter with a Sioux Indian named One Elk, who was traveling with the Hagenbeck Circus.

In 1934 Dyck returned to the United States, working odd jobs until he could afford to travel to South Dakota to renew the relationship with One Elk and his family and live among the Sioux Indians. He was eventually adopted by One Elk and later by Lone Wolf.  After a few years of traveling from reservation to reservation on the back of a motorcycle, Dyck bought a ranch in Rimrock, Arizona in 1938.  Four years later he found himself serving the Navy during World War II. Afterwards Dyck returned to his ranch in Rimrock, Arizona to take on the role of lecturer, author, and rancher while pursuing his art and Indian artifact collection.

He died in March 2006 in the Sedona Woods Nursing Home near Sedona, Arizona.

 

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