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Sioux Indian Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota

Previous Exhibition:

Voices From the Four Directions

DECEMBER 3 - 31, 2005

Voices From the Four Directions

Cultural expression provides each tribal member with a sense of community and a place of belonging.  For indigenous peoples it’s not the finished “product” or “art” per se but the collective spirit in each piece that moves each individual First Peoples artists to create and to pass on his or her knowledge with others.”

---Lori Lea Pourier
 President

Voices From the Four Directions is an exhibition of nine Community Spirit Award recipients who respectively represent a voice and spirit from each cardinal direction.  This exhibition is at the apex of form and expression from tribal communities who have chosen and nominated a living treasure.  These extraordinary artists all share a common commitment to maintaining tribal heritage and culture through their art.  These Community Spirit Award recipients are hereby honored for teaching and aiding in the restoration of tribal traditions by generously sharing their talents and attributes within their communities and abroad through this special exhibition.
Each piece of artwork is a tangible voice that articulates a geographic place and culture of each artist.  From the West, North, East and South are the art mediums that exemplify the love, study, perseverance and talent that personify a meaningful form of leadership that emanates from the Collective Spirit of these Community Spirit Artists.  The story-telling honored in this exhibit personifies the healing, strengthening and preservation of a cultural identity.  The artistic cultural accuracy of the displayed basketry portrays years of study, mentoring through worthiness and seasonal efforts to gather the natural material needed.  Such forms of art display an intrinsic holistic process that is a relationship with this planet, Mother Earth.  The textiles, rawhide, and beadwork further reflects the ingenuity, utilitarian beauty and the living heritage of cultures that are still connected to the stars and landscape.
2005 Community Spirit Award recipient formal portraits taken by 1999 Community Spirit Award recipient Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie will also be displayed with the Voices From the Four Directions Art Exhibit. 
Voices From the Four Directions

2005 Spirit Award Artists

Voices From the Four Directions Voices From the Four Directions

Nora Marks Dauenhauer

(Tlingit) Juneau, Alaska
Literature
Voices From the Four Directions Voices From the Four Directions

Bruce subiyay Miller

(Skokomish) Shelton, Washington
Basketry, Textile, Carving, Song, Oral Tradition
Voices From the Four Directions Voices From the Four Directions

Genevieve Running Horse Moore

(Sicangu Lakota) Parmelee, South Dakota
Tanning, Quilting, Beading, Quillwork
Voices From the Four Directions Voices From the Four Directions

Julia F. Parker

(Kashia Pomo/Coast Miwok) Midpines, California
Basketry
Voices From the Four Directions Voices From the Four Directions

Frank "Pipe Woman" Sheridan, Sr.

(Cheyenne/Arapaho) El Reno, Oklahoma
Rawhide/Beadwork/Oil/Pencil/Mixed Media

2006 Spirit Award Artists

Voices From the Four Directions   Nellie Two Bulls
(Oglala Lakota) Oglala, South Dakota
Voices From the Four Directions Voices From the Four Directions David Moses Bridges
(Passamaquoddy) Perry, Maine
Voices From the Four Directions Voices From the Four Directions Apolonia Susana Santos
(Tygh/Yakima) Warm Springs, Oregon
Painting

 

Voices From the Four Directions Voices From the Four Directions Lois Chichinoff Thadei
(Aleut) Olympia, Washington
Basketry/Ceramics

 

 

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