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Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma

Through Native Eyes: Color, Culture, Consciousness, and the Connection to the Creator by Kiowa Jordon Taryole

May 31 - July 12, 2014

Kiowa Jordan Taryole is an enrolled member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma. He is also a descendent of the Creek, Navajo, and Laguna Pueblo Tribes. Kiowa was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Wayne Taryole II and Kimberly Harrison. Kiowa was raised by his paternal grandparents Wayne and Antonia Taryole. He is a graduate of Mountain View - Gotebo High School and is currently a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Studio Arts.

Kiowa specializes in traditional styles of Oklahoma art including beadwork, feather work fans, and ceremonial staffs. He began making staves close to four years ago. Later he began experimenting with beadwork, and most recently expanded into gourd rattles and feather work.

At a young age, Kiowa was influenced by the lances he saw his grandfather Wayne Taryole craft. He drew inspiration from other artists such as Barry Belindo, a Kiowa feather worker, Jr. Weryackwe, a Comanche beadwork artist, and Patrick Scott, a Navajo fan maker.

The ideas behind Kiowa's artwork are often spontaneous. His usage of color is inspired by Oklahoma's striking sunrises and sunsets. He also uses the colors of the rainbow, which are held in high esteem by the Navajo people to symbolize rain, life, beauty, and a walkway used by the Holy People or Yei'. His style has formed to be a blend of contemporary and traditional.

In spring of 2012, Kiowa received First Place at an interscholastic meet at the Redlands Community College in the art division for his beadwork.

Kiowa can be reached after the exhibition at P.O. Box 234 Mountain View, OK, 73062 (580)-347-2683, by email desert_dreamwanderer@hotmail.com or by Facebook www.facebook.com/kiowataryoleart


Beaded Fan and Gourd Dance Rattle
2014 Kiowa J Taryole

Beaded Gourd Dance Rattle

2014 Kiowa Jordon Taryole

Beaded Macaw Fan
2014 Kiowa Jordon Taryole

Beaded Ceremonial Staff

2014 Kiowa Jordon Taryole

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