Ted Draper "Waiting for the Singing Gambler"

Teddy Draper art prints

Waiting for the Singing Gambler

Waiting for the Singing Gambler, Ted Draper

Edition of 950
17.5" x 22.5"

The scene depicts a family group of a wife, and perhaps daughters and sisters, stopping on the road and waiting for the family patriarch. In this case the patriarch is a medicine man and a gambler. Navajo medicine men perform ceremonies and are referred to as "singers". While it is not typical, it is also not uncommon for a singer to compensate their income by gambling, which is a common activity among Native Americans. It is evident in this scenario that the singer and gambler is successful. Indications of his affluence are a wagon, horses, and several women, some of which may be sisters-in-law in his care.

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