Collection of Bill Sheka, Texas – Provenance

Henry H Cross oil on canvas painting, Bear Hunt

p4A ItemID D9672114
A Pueblo polychrome-painted hide shield, detailed with an Avanyu on top half and an abstract design with lightning bolts and dots on lower half; painted in red, green, yellow, and black; with hide thongs looped through edges

p4A ItemID D9672025
Sioux beaded hide cradle with geometric designs in the beadwork

p4A ItemID D9671421
An Apache sinew backed recurved bow with twisted sinew string

p4A ItemID D9671033

Collection of Bill Sheka, Texas

William A. (Bill) Sheka Jr.: Bill, a U.S. Army Veteran, has been a professional hunting and fishing guide for 30 years. He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and after his military service, college, and working on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, he returned to Corpus Christi and worked for Baroid Logging Systems, quickly advancing to Operations Manager and then Senior Sales Rep. Sheka realized that he wanted to guide full time and did so. He is one of the most celebrated guides on the Gulf Coast, with numerous TV appearances and magazine articles.

Bill’s interest in native culture began with his mother, who had majored in archaeology from Texas University. He found his first arrowhead in a field near Leakey, Texas at the age of 6. In 1990, Sheka became an active relic dealer and collector and has been a long standing member of the Genuine Indian Relic Society. Many pieces of his have been published in the Prehistoric American Journal. Recently, Bill passionately branched out into Plains Indians items.

Information courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.


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