Albert Marrin's Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl
Sweeney closes the article by discussing how popular this art has become for collectors, and, as subject matter for scholarly studies of its ideology. That scholarship is attacked, as Sweeney says (p. 79):
Comment: I presume the painting's title Doomed has a double meaning. The buffalo is doomed to die, and so is the Indian's "primitive" way of life.
Schreyvogel could've titled the painting Victory or Success, but that wouldn't have conveyed the same message. No, this is all about putting Indians in the past. "Look how brave and colorful they were. Isn't it nice that they still live in our imaginations?"
As I've said many times, this is the same thinking behind Indian mascots. True, mascot supporters don't label Indians "doomed." But that's implicit in the outdated images of Indian chiefs and warriors. "They were great but now they're gone, and let's celebrate."
For more on the subject, see Great Plains in Years of Dust, The Political Uses of Stereotyping, and A Brief History of Native Stereotyping.
Below: "Go, Indians!"