Jim Thorpe was the first Native American to win a gold medal in the Olympics for the United States. He won two gold medals in the 1912 Summer Olympics and also played professional football, professional baseball, and professional basketball. Thorpe Headdress is based upon a 1942 black and white promotional photograph of Thorpe. Nicole Hatfield Curtis lives in Oklahoma. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Comanche National Museum in Lawton, Oklahoma.