Indian Power

Indian Power

Fritz Scholder, Luiseño, American, 1937-2005
Born: Breckenridge, MN
Work Locations: Santa Fe, NM, Scottsdale, AZ
Oil paint on canvas
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum

Fritz Scholder (Luiseño), Indian Power, 1972. Oil paint on canvas; 68 3/16 x 80 3/16 x 1 3/16 in. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2016.125. © Estate of Fritz Scholder

This object is currently on view
height: 68 3/16 in, 173.1963 cm; width: 80 3/16 in, 203.6763 cm; depth: 1 3/16 in, 3.0163 cm
Native Arts
Indigenous Arts of North America

Although Scholder claimed he was not a protest painter, some of his images became symbols of Native empowerment at a time when Native protestors were occupying government sites and calling for changes in federal Indian policy. Posters of this painting were popular in the 1970s among Native people across the country.

Known Provenance
Fritz Scholder, Scottsdale, NM, 1972; Wagon Wheel Gallery (owned by Elaine Horwich), Scottsdale, AZ, 1972; Mr. and Mrs. John Mills Hawn, Vail, CO, about 1972; Christy Frances Hewit Andrews (July 19, 1955 - December 14, 2014), about 1980-81; Estate of William D. Hewit, 2014; consigned Saks Galleries, Denver, CO, 2015; Vicki and Kent Logan, Scottsdale, AZ, 2016; Denver Art Museum, 2016.
Exhibition History
  • “Fritz Scholder"—Wagon Wheel Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 1972
  • "Fritz Scholder: Indians / Vampir"—Wagon Wheel Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ, 1973, 2/25/1973- 3/13/1973
  • “Fritz Scholder: Major Indian Paintings, 1967-1977”—Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM, 5/15/1977-7/8/1977
  • “Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980”—Denver Art Museum, 10/4/2015 - 1/17/2016
  • Phoenix Art Museum, 2/27/2016 - 6/5/2016
  • Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 6/23/2016 - 9/18/2016
  • “The Western: An Epic in Art and Film” — Denver Art Museum, 5/28/2017 – 9/9/2017
  • “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017

Some images in our online collection are at thumbnail size, in accordance with AAMD guidelines, because they are protected by copyright. The Denver Art Museum respects the rights of artists or their representatives who retain the copyright to their work. Other images represent the best photography available and should be used as reference images only. Please complete the Image Rights Request form if you want to request a high resolution image.