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Sioux Indian Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota


Marty Cuny

Traditional Craft


Exhibition May 6 - June 27, 2012

Martin Cuny: Traditional CraftFor the past 45 years Marty Cuny has been making dolls and other traditional styled craftwork. He learned the craft from watching and learning the techniques of beading from his grandparents. They taught him the basics of how to use the leather, beads, feathers, rawhide and horsehair. His inspiration in creating his work is drawn from dreams and a desire to incorporate what had occurred in history, and the knowledge that he now can share with the people who have come to appreciate the culture and history of the Lakota people. He considers his work as contemporary with traditional foundations.

Marty, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation where he was delivered by his grandmother. Raised by his grandparents for the majority of his life, Marty attended Loneman Day School, Oglala, South Dakota and graduated high school from the Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, South Dakota in 1973. He attended the University of Colorado, from 1973-74, the University of Montana, in 1978, and the Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, South Dakota, from 1984-85.

Among his many accomplishments, Marty has excelled in screenwriting. Focusing on both fiction and non-fiction, his screenplays have been featured at the Moondance International Film Festival, Boulder, Colorado. These include Jessís Treaty (2002), featuring contemporary Native American fiction, and Baptiste Garnier, Indian Scout (2004), based on the true story about his grandfatherís grandfather and which won the Best Feature Screenplay award at festival. A third screenplay, Standing Bear (2007), is based on a historical account of his grandmotherís grandfather who traveled with Buffalo Billís Wild West Show.

To further share his rich heritage, Marty has given cultural presentations throughout the United States and Germany on the Oglala Sioux people and culture. He helped found the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Congress in 1986 and served on the Board of Directors for the National Indian Education Association as the Student at Large.

During the exhibit prices of artwork for sale can be obtained by contacting The Journey Museum Store at (605) 394-2201. After the exhibit closes, please contact Marty Cuny at PO Box 375, Hermosa, SD 57744; by phone (605) 255-5284, or by email at nomad577642000@yahoo.com

The Sioux Indian Museum, managed by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, is located in The Journey Museum, 222 New York Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701. For admission fees and hours of operation call (605) 394-6923.

QUOTE:
"My grandparents gave me the inspiration to create history and knowledge that I now get to share with the people that now enjoy my art. When they purchase my art, they honor my grandparents and my heritage and me. It's a great life to create and make a living doing it, something that is special and unique."

Good Dreams

Good Dreams, 2012
Mixed Media
© 2012 by Marty Cuny
Warriors of the Seven Campfires
Warriors of the Seven Campfires
of the Great Sioux Nation, 2012
Mixed Media
© 2012 Marty Cuny
Dancing for the Return of the Good Days
Dancing for the Return
of the Good Days, 2012
Mixed Media
© 2012 Marty Cuny

War Club and Knife Sheath
War Club and Knife Sheath, 2012
Mixed Media
© 2012 Marty Cuny


Midnight Ghost Dancer

Midnight Ghost Dancer, 2012
Mixed Media
© 2012 Marty Cuny

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