”1939 - 2014”
"Each soul must meet the morning sun,
the new, sweet earth, and the Great Silence alone!
JOPLIN, Mo. — Alex Davis, age 75, of Joplin, Mo.,
passed away on June 3, 2014, at the W. W. Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah, Ok.
He was an acclaimed painter of Native American cultures and was himself a member of
the Seneca-Cayuga tribe of northeast Oklahoma.
While his early work focused on tribes other than his own,
in recent years he turned his attention to the Iroquoian longhouse culture
of his own heritage.
Alex's driving motivation was the accurate portrayal of Native American cultures
in an effort to preserve them. In fact, his legacy is a body of meticulously researched
paintings that serve as a permanent record of the people who lived here before the
arrival of European colonialists. His work can be viewed at www.stonedreamer.net.
Alex was preceded in death by his older brother, Dan Garland Davis; his father,
Floyd "Coffee" Garland Davis; his mother, Joyce Davis; and his companion of more
than two decades, Virginia Rose Hobson.
He is survived by Chad Davis ( son ) and wife, Mary, of Boulder, Colo.;
Layn Davis ( son ) and wife, Sheri, of Peculiar, Mo., as well as their
children, Anabeth, Mattathias, Courage, Miranda and Schuyler; Virginia's
three sons, Leroy, Steve and Scott Osborne; and their many children and grandchildren;
and Chief Glenna Wallace, of the Eastern Shawnee, his dear friend of the last few years.
Alex and Virginia traveled widely to present his work and conduct research for future work.
They made many, many friends on these journeys. Each year's seasonal migration on the circuit
of art shows meant revisiting old friends and making new friends. Summer typically meant
expeditions to sites of Native American importance, such as a big medicine wheel in the
Wyoming mountains. He was frequently supported in these travels by his friends Sam Reynolds
and Bill Reed.
The last months of Alex's life were tough, but he was intent on completing his life according
to his own ways, which were firmly grounded in Native American spiritual tradition. His cousin,
Samuel Bartee and wife, Shirley, provided him with compassion and assistance during this time.
In respect of Alex's wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Children's Center of Joplin, MO. 417-623-2292
Resource: The Joplin Globe
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