George D. Hinman Collection
Native American Artifacts
Evergreen Fine Art is honored to present the remarkable George D. Hinman Collection. A selection of items will be on view during the 2016 Weekend in the West and many items of the collection will be offered for the first time to the public for purchase.
The unique and hauntingly beautiful artifacts of the George D. Hinman Collection for decades
lay sheathed in white crepe and entombed in cardboard boxes within the Lakewood basement of
Hinman’s granddaughter, Diana Hinman Baltz. Gone from sight for more than 60 years were
rare treasures ranging from mid-western Mound Culture pots to woven Nez Perce corn bags to
beautifully beaded Plains Indian clothing.
A century later, Hinman’s great grandchildren, the Baltz family, have graciously agreed to exhibit
the diverse specimens with Weekend in the West. While some ancient pieces possessing spiritual
significance are destined to be returned to Native American hands, many others will be available
for purchase, including those crafted by an intriguing figure who in the early 1900’s styled himself
“Chief Half Moon,” and whose efforts to showcase and preserve Indian lifeways are being
recognized and appreciated only now.
George Hinman met Chief Half Moon, a Choctaw from Arkansas, in New Haven where the Healy
& Bigelow’s Kickapoo Indian Medicine Company’s traveling medicine show kept winter quarters.
The two men formed a 20-year bond that’s still visible in Half Moon’s letters to “Friend”
Hinman sent from as far afield as England and invariably decorated with sketches of his many
Native American associations. Half Moon studied the lore, arts and customs of the Arapaho,
Crow and other tribesmen with whom he traveled.
ESAH - PA - WISHE
(Chief Half Moon)
Hinman’s passion to preserve what he could of Native America’s marvelous arts and crafts is
evident in the breadth of the collection he amassed over 40 years. From dealers across the country
he acquired rare items of archeological, cultural and artistic significance, including pre-
Columbian pottery, exquisitely-worked stone implements, and select prizes gleaned from the
collection of Major Ted “Texas” Powell, acquisitions that he documented in dealer receipts and
the scripted pages of a small hard-bound ledger.
In the 1950s and 60s, Diana and Elmer Baltz added their own treasures to the already marvelous
mix. A field geologist working out of Albuquerque, Dr. Baltz contributed large decorated pottery
shards, an ancient Puebloan pottery “killed bowl” and a ceremonial rattle. Among other things,
Diana collected fine Puebloan pottery and the works of Native American painters.