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A painter in realist style of historical and contemporary Southwest Indians, Thomas Mails was born in Groveland, California. He settled at Lake Elsinore, California. After serving in World War II, he studied at the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and then was an instructor in architectural design at Heald College in San Francisco. In 1947, he moved to Seattle and worked as an architect until 1955, when he entered a Lutheran Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and was ordained in 1958. He served as a pastor and in 1962, began his documentation of Indians. Of this commitment, he said: "I have a profound regard for the Indian religions. Everything about the native American centers in religion, and all they undertake begins with and is thereafter influenced by this single base or source. My deep interest lies in conveying in words and pictures their ceremonies and the ceremonial costumes. . ..and they are not vanishing. There is a ceremonial renaissance taking place." During his career, Mails wrote eighteen religious books and five books about Indians. He died November 11, 2001 in/near Lake Elsinore, CA. Source

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