Check out these two pieces of art. The first, drawn by the late artist Thomas E. Mails, was published in a 1972 book called The Mystic Warriors of the Plains. The second, titled "Winter Attack," was "drawn" by University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill.
Photo credit: CBS4 Denver.
Was "Winter Attack" the first time Ward Churchill copied someone else's art? Reader Anthony Jivoin sends two photos that suggest otherwise. The first photo, below, is "Little Big Man," by Charles M. Bell. Read about it here.
The second photo is of a matted ink sketch for sale on ebay. Look familiar? The seller says the print was purchased in 1980 directly from the "artist," Ward Churchill.
Look! More Ward Churchill originals here and here.
Well, I feel that I've been hoodwinked, too. Here's a Ward Churchill original I own:
So, should I ask for my money back?