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Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning, Montana

Masks and Crafts by Stacey Gilham Keller

August 1- September 30, 2013

Stacey Gilham Keller is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana. Born in Browning, Montana, she was raised on many reservations throughout the western United States as her father pursued a career in law enforcement. She currently lives in Browning with her husband Mark.

Stacey attributes her passion for art to her parents, Dan and Jewel Gilham. Jewel was a well-known Native American clothing designer in the 1970s and later designed and crafted many home interior and seasonal items. Stacey was also inspired by her maternal grandmother, Irene Racine Salois, an artist who owned and operated a gift shop for many years in East Glacier Park, Montana, selling handmade crafts from local artists. Stacey was fascinated with the artwork at her grandmother's shop and developed a great appreciation for Native American culture and artwork as her family traveled throughout the United States and Canada.

Inspiration for Stacey's buckskin masks comes from her desire to capture expressions or convey impressions of Native Americans through different media. Each mask and art piece that she creates is an original design. All of her artwork carries her Indian paintbrush flower insignia. This flower is native to the Blackfeet reservation and Glacier National Park, and Stacey likes to bring nature into her designs to reflect the Blackfeet Tribe's culture and resources.

The pieces in the exhibit may be purchased by contacting Stacey Gilham Keller directly by mail at, P.O. Box 603 Browning, MT 59417, by phone at, (406) 470-0825, or by email at s_keller21@yahoo.com.

The Museum of the Plains Indian is managed by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior. For hours of operation, call the Museum of the Plains Indian at (406) 338-2230.

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Sacred Warrior
Mixed media. 16" x 20"
© Stacey Gilham Keller
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Longing for Lover
Mixed media. 27" x 16"
© Stacey Gilham Keller
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Battle Cry
Mixed media. 16" x 20"
© 2012 Scott Armoux
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Sun Seeker
Mixed media. 20" tall
© Stacey Gilham Keller

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War Pony Dance Stick
Mixed media. 23" long
© Stacey Gilham Keller

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