McLaughlin, Nancy, 1932-1985


McLaughlin, Nancy, 1932-1985
Powell, Nancy, 1932-1985

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Born in Marion, Montana, McLaughlin spent much of her childhood on the Blackfeet Reservation where, when she reached school age, she hoped to attend boarding school with her Blackfeet playmates. Instead she was sent to grade school in Valier, Montana, and later, high school in Kalispell. She was trained in art at Montana State University in Bozeman. She served briefly as a teacher in the one-room schoolhouse in Pleasant Valley prior to turning full-time to her own work and focusing on the theme of Indian women and tribal lore. McLaughlin is best known for her Indian portraiture, much of which she executed from life while visiting the Blackfeet Reservation.

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Marion, Montana

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