George C. Longfish
George Longfish is Seneca/Tuscorora, born in Ontario, and educated at the Thomas Indian School in upstate New York. He received his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His early paintings were heavily influenced by abstract modern art. In 1972 he founded and directed the graduate program in American Indian Arts at the University of Montana, which stimulated his own interest in questions of native identity. After spending two years in Montana, Longfish moved to the University of California-Davis, where he joined the faculty of the Native American Studies Department, and became Director of the C.N. Gorman Museum.
The arc of Longfish's life and art follows the arc of political awareness and activism among Native Americans in the latter third of the 20th century, forged in the crucible of the civil rights movement and the occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973.