Boarding School Bat - Bunky Echo-Hawk Artist Series Bat
Artist Notes: "This bat features a historic photograph of an Indian Boarding School baseball team. The Indian Boarding School era was a racist, genocidal policy initiated by the US Government and implemented by various churches. The government performed a study and found that it would be cheaper to “educate” the Indian population versus killing them all. The plan was to “kill the Indian, save the man”, meaning that the goal was to whitewash the children, who were stolen from the homes and placed in boarding schools throughout the country. Many children died in custody of the schools, punished to death for singing their songs, speaking their languages, or trying to run away. Some students conformed out of sheer survival necessity, and some became well known athletes, such as Mose Yellowhorse (who “attended” Chilocco Indian School) and Jim Thorpe (who “attended” Carlisle Indian School)." - Bunky Echo-Hawk (Pawnee/Yakama)
These bats were painted live at Warstic's 2018 Tulsa Sandlot game. A portion of the auction proceeds will go to the American Indian Stic Warriors Fund, and used to benefit the Mose YellowHorse Memorial Field in Pawnee, Oklahoma.
Currently residing in Pawnee, Bunky Echo-Hawk is an internationally known visual artist whose work is featured in gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the U.S. and overseas. Widely collected, his paintings are held in numerous private, public, corporate, non-profit and Tribal collections. He has worked with Nike, serving as the Design Consultant for the Nike N7 line since 2011, and recently partnered with Pendleton Woolen Mills to create a blanket for the American Indian College Fund. Through his art and strategic partnerships, he has aided in raising millions of dollars for Indian Country.
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