Tsatoke, Monroe 1904-1937

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TSATOKE, Monroe 1904-1937


Born September 29, 1904, near Saddle Mountain, OK; died of tuberculosis, February 3, 1937; married. Education: Attended Bacone College and University of Oklahoma, between 1926 and 1929.


Painter, singer and dancer, and farmer. Member of the group of artists called the Kiowa Five. Muralist, with work commissioned by Oklahoma Historical Society Museum. Exhibitions: Represented in group shows, including exhibitions at First International Art Exposition, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1928, Southern Plains Indian Museum and Crafts Center, Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma Indian Arts and Crafts Cooperative, and on European tours; work collected at Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, Heard Museum, Indian Arts and Crafts Board of U.S. Department of the Interior, Museum of the Great Plains, Museum of Northern Arizona, and elsewhere.


The Peyote Ritual: Visions and Descriptions, Grabhorn Press (San Francisco, CA), 1957.

Illustrator of the calendar, "The Messenger Bird," privately printed, 1948.



St. James Guide to Native North American Artists, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1998, pp. 581-583.


American Art and Antiques, January-February, 1979, Maybelle Mann, "Kiowa Indian Art."

El Palacio, November, 1951, Dorothy Dunn, "The Development of Modern American Indian Painting in the Southwest and Plains Area."*