Friday, February 25, 2005

I Know It When I See It

Ward Churchill may be an art forger? Can there be any doubt at all of his honesty, his integrity, his authenticity. Michelle Malkin had the details:
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?


  1. Iron Eyes Cody was, himself, a fraud. It's said he was Italian and masqueraded as an Indian.

  2. foreign devil:
    Ah, you caught the joke behind the joke! I was worried that no one would get that.

    "Iron Eyes Cody" was actually Espera DeCorti and was born on April 3, 1904 in Kaplan, Louisiana, according to

  3. Basil,

    That Churchill piece you bought looks like garbage.

  4. At least there are three of us with way to much useless knowledge. I explained this one to my wife and she said I need therapy.

  5. John is right. You should just wad it up and throw it out of your moving vehicle!

  6. How many Native Americans are named Churchill?


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