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Greg Millar, Bryan Brazill and Patrick Clark, from left, stand in front of the artwork that brought them together. While dancing at a powwow, Brazill was the subject of a photograph taken by Clark, which inspired the artwork by Millar. The men met Thursday, ending Millar’s three-year search for the dancer. (LINDA THOMPSON/Missoulian)

Greg Millar, Bryan Brazill and Patrick Clark, from left, stand in front of the artwork that brought them together. While dancing at a powwow, Brazill was the subject of a photograph taken by Clark, which inspired the artwork by Millar. The men met Thursday, ending Millar’s three-year search for the dancer. (LINDA THOMPSON/Missoulian)


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A couple of weeks ago, we posted this story about Missoula, Mont., artist Greg Millar, who was trying to find the powwow dancer in a 20-year-old photo on which Millar based a work of art. It was important, you see, because Millar had always vowed that if he ever sold the very expensive piece, he’d donate half the proceeds to a charity of the dancer’s choice. Well, he sold the piece, but couldn’t find the dancer. Thanks to the resulting publicity, the dancer has been found and the donation will be made. Let’s let the Missoulian’s Joe Nickell tell it:

Millar’s portrait of the dancer, inspired by a photo of Bryan Brazill by Patrick Clark, is made from pieces of intricately cut tile. (LINDA THOMPSON/Missoulian)

Millar’s portrait of the dancer, inspired by a 1991 photo, is made of pieces of intricately cut tile. (LINDA THOMPSON/Missoulian)

For three years, Missoula artist and carpenter Greg Millar searched in vain for anyone who could identify a Native American dancer in a photograph taken by his friend, Patrick Clark. Millar had crafted a portrait from that photograph out of intricately cut bits of tile; and as he labored over it, he vowed that if he ever sold the portrait, he would find the dancer and donate half of the proceeds from the sale to a charity of the dancer’s choice.

His search took him from Missoula, where that picture was taken at the Fort Missoula Powwow back in 1991, across the state, to the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, and to anyone else who could offer leads on the dancer’s identity.

Little did he know, the answer was practically right under his nose. Even less would he have suspected that it would take a phone call from Germany to finally connect Millar with Arlee resident Bryan Brazill, the dancer whom Millar had stared at for nine months as he crafted the 3-by-5-foot mosaic portrait in the shop behind his home.

“I’m just so thrilled, and amazed that after all this time I finally was able to figure out who he was,” he said.

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Do you know this man?

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Artist Greg Millar is trying to identify this dancer at the Fort Missoula (Mont.) Powwow in 1991. (Photo courtesy of www.PatrickClark.com)

Artist Greg Millar is trying to identify this dancer at the Fort Missoula (Mont.) Powwow in 1991. (Photo courtesy of www.PatrickClark.com)



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For three years now, Missoula (Mont.) artist Greg Millar has been seeking the man in the photo above. He used the photo as the basis for “Home of the Brave,” a large stone and glass mural that once hung in the Governor’s Mansion in Helena, the Missoulian’s Joe Nickell writes here.

The photo was shot by Millar’s friend Patrick Clark at the Fort Missoula Powwow in 1991.

“It was one of those great moments where it was evening light on a gorgeous summer day and the great colors of the dancer,” recalls Clark. “So it turned out to be a really neat photograph

Here’s why it’s important. Millar had always vowed that if he sold “Home of the Brave,” he’d donate half the proceeds to a charity of the dancer’s choice.

Now he’s sold it for around $7,200.

“I worked on this thing for eight or nine months, and so I had a lot of time to think about what had inspired me about the picture, and what I should do if I sell it,” says Millar.

“This is a promise I made to myself at the time, and now that it’s sold, I’d like to go through with that.”

Anyone who thinks he or she can identify the dancer can call Millar at (406) 728-6062.

Gwen Florio

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