You can't live in Pawhuska. on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma, without being exposed to the creative art and color of the Osage Nation. Since I have moved here I am constantly amazed at the technical skill and the use of color in their work. The history of the American Indian is woven with the fabric of art and creativity. As new medias have been introduced, they have taken them up to express themselves. From pictographs on tepees and everyday objects, to ribbonwork and ledger drawings, the thread continues in the work of modern Osage artists and craftspeople. Osage artists continue to tell the stories of their People and Culture through paintings and fine crafts, keeping their rich tradition alive.
Recently I was lucky enough to attend an Osage Dance. It is like being enveloped in art and color. The exuberance and emotion of the People is on display in their fine crafts.
Pictured in this blog is an early 1900's Osage Wedding Coat, a ribbonwork shawl and a painting for the Osage Ballet by JoeDon Brave, who we are so fortunate to represent. The line of color, tradition and cultural identity is obvious in JoeDon's work.
If you visit Pawhuska, and you really should at least once, you must visit the Osage Tribal Museum, the oldest tribal owned museum in the United States as well as the Osage County Historical Museum to see their incredible collections of art and fine crafts. The Osage continue to teach their arts at their cultural center and bring a rich tradition into the present day.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery