The Indian Detour

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
etching
Mark Descriptions
inscribed in pencil, below image, L.L.: 100 proofs/To Mrs. Hatfield/John Sloan N.Y.C. 1929 | inscribed in pencil, below image, L.C.: The Indian Detour | signed in pencil, below image, L.R.: John Sloan
Dimensions
6 x 7 1/8 in. (image) 9 1/4 x 12 5/8 in. (sheet)
Credit line
McKee Fine Arts Purchase Fund
Accession number
1987.50
Collection
Not Currently On View

The Indian Detour was the name of bus tours organized by the Fred Harvey Company in 1926 that transported tourists from the Harvey House Hotels along the Santa Fe Railway to various Pueblo ceremonies.

Joan Sloan, who had established a summer home in Santa Fe in 1920, like many other resident artists, found these bus tours such gawking intrusions into sacred Native American rituals that he lampooned them in this etching.

Purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1987.
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