Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

Hart Merriam Schultz
Lone Wolf (1882-1970)
Hart Merriam Schultz a.k.a. Lone Wolf in Blackfoot is Nitoh Mahkwii. His given name was Hart Merriam Schultz, the son of James Willard Schultz and Fine Shield Woman. His father was the author of many books with Indian subjects, beginning with "My Life As An Indian" in 1907. They educated Lone Wolf in Indian schools. He began painting when he was eleven years old, amusing his fellow cowboys with sketches while he worked as a range rider. They say that he was taught art by Thomas Moran who did encourage Lone Wolf's career as an artist. Lone Wolf left the reservation in 1904, he attended Los Angeles Artist Student League in 1910 and studied in Chicago from 1914 to 1915. He illustrated his father's books with paintings signed with a line drawing of a wolf's face. His style was in the school of Remington and Russell. The 1918 dedication of James Willard Schultz's "Bird Woman" is to his son, Lone Wolf: "Born near the close of the buffalo days he was, and ever since with his baby hands he began to model statuettes of horses and buffalo and deer with clay from the river banks, his one object has been the world of art." Hart Merriam Schultz died in Tucson, Arizona in 1970.
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