The Horse Nation

of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ

January 25, 2018 - May 14, 2018

Fred J. Donath Memorial Gallery

The Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ explores how horses have shaped the history, spirituality, and culture of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ or Seven Council Fires. Curated by Keith BraveHeart, Mary Maxon, and Ashley Pourier, the exhibition is the result of an artist-led, community-influenced project and expands on the 2014 film made by Keith BraveHeart entitled We are a Horse Nation. Artists featured in the exhibition include: Donald Montileaux, Arthur Amiotte, Dwayne Wilcox, Emil Her Many Horses, Dyani White Hawk Polk, Keith BraveHeart, James Star Comes Out, the Two Bulls family (Micheal, Doug and Molina), Marlena Myles, Nelda Schrupp, Jim Yellowhawk, Gwen Westerman, Jhon Goes in Center, Roger Broer, and Mike and Denise One Star.

The Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ is organized by The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School with support from Red Cloud Indian School, Inc., The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The South Dakota Humanities Council, The Black Hills Community Foundation, Joyce Dobbert, Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, and Racing Magpie LLC.

Related Programs

  • James Star Comes Out, Tatanka Woapiya, 2016, buffalo hide, buffalo horn, felt, beads, feathers, bells, leather, 24 x 18 in.
  • Donald F. Montileaux, Spirits 4 (3 of 3), 2016, wood, felt, tin cones, leather, beads, coins, brass and silver rivets, acrylic, 24 x 34 x 5.5 in.
  • Richard Red Owl, The Crow Chase (detail), 1975, Acrylic on board, 30 x 36 in. Courtesy of The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian Schoolcoins, brass and silver rivets, acrylic, 24 x 34 x 5.5 in.

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