The Province McCormick Collection of Native American art and ethnographic material is a recent gift to the Bayly Art Museum in memory of Province McCormick of Berryville, Virginia. The collection includes clothing, weapons, ceremonial and domestic objects dating from the second half of the 19th century. Appointed a Federal Indian Inspector by President Grover Cleveland, Mr. McCormick purchased these pieces in the course of his travels west of the Mississippi River from 1893 through 1897. The objects were collected at the time when the major Indian tribes were relocated on reservations. It was a time in the Native American's history when the people turned to the creative arts to restore their sense of pride and tribal unity. Many of the seemingly utilitarian objects, such as the lattice cradle, vest, and the water storage baskets, enter the world of art through their bold decoration or graceful form.