In March of 2014, Anje Olmstead was commissioned by the Jackson Rancheria to do a portrait of their deceased leader, Margaret Dalton.
The initial request that the portrait be done in casino chips evolved (after four different samples) to a totally collaged portrait that measures 9 feet wide by 8 feet high.
Input from the tribe to be included in the portrait were visuals such as pictures of tribal members, photos of life events, i.e. meeting with [then] President Clinton, as well as [then] Governor Pete Wilson, and photos of her with some of her favorites, such as her grand-daughter, a couple of well-known country singers, a large stuffed rabbit, plus much more.
The collage visually tells her life store.
On February 9, the Tribe will hold a sacred unveiling ceremony which will be attended by Tribal members and a limited number of guests. After February 9, the portrait will be open for viewing by the public. It will be installed just outside of Margaret’s Cafe at the Jackson Rancheria.