Photo: A Graduation Gift and a Native Painter on Death Row

Photo: A Graduation Gift and a Native Painter on Death Row

By: 
ICTMN Staff
6/3/16

 

David Cornsilk didn’t just find any old graduation present for his daughter, Alayna Farris, who survived law school—he found a piece of Indian art at a Cherokee-owned flea market in Muskogee.

The colorful painting of three stickball players was simply signed “J. Harjo 97,” which in Oklahoma narrows the search about as much as being signed “Jones.” Removing the paper backing revealed the full name of the painting, Stickball Fury, and the name of the artist, Jerald Harjo, as well as a series of numbers.

Further investigation revealed those numbers to be Harjo’s Oklahoma Department of Corrections identifier and that he had painted it while on death row.

Read more about Harjo below:

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