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Catalog Number 00602
Object Name Portrait
Description Young Bear @1928 by Allen E. Philbrick. 1867- 1929 . Born in a camp on the Racoon River near Adel, Iowa, about 1867. Eldest son of Chief Push-e-ton-e-qua of the Mesquakie Indiands, Tama Reservation, descendend ot Poweshiek and Kishkekoshi. Home: Tama Indian Reservation (Settlement penciled in), Tama, Iowa. (Information out of date). 32" x 40"

In 1927 and 1928 Young Bear worked with his son George Young Bear and another Meskwaki James Poweshiek and museum curator Edgar Harlan to share the Meskwaki story with Des Moines students and central Iowans. Meskwaki set up dwellings on Harlan's farm in Altoona in the late summer of 1928 and provided activities for students. (Altoona Herald, August 16, 1928)
Artist Allen Erskine Philbrick worked out of Chicago. While the Annals of Iowa spells his first name "Allan" in a 1943 reference, a Chicago Daily News profile of December 1935 spells it "Allen." This essay also mentions the portrait of Young Bear being commissioned by the state of Iowa.
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