Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal member Lyle Simmons connects to his Nishnabé roots by making regalia and crafting traditional Potawatomi items.
The Jacobson House Native Art Center stands as a testament to the creativity and beauty of Indigenous art throughout the last century. The latest exhibit, Azhwakwa: Contemporary Anishinaabe Art, features five CPN artists.
What is Aleppo showcases Clark’s affinity for creating beautiful art out of the world’s darkness by bringing to light the gravity that issues such as warfare, genocide, politics and more have on cultures and individuals.
Kristy Phillips serves as a secondary educator at the Hannahville Indian School — Nah Tah Wahsh (Soaring Eagle) — teaching the Potawatomi language and Indigenous science. She also creates beautiful pieces of artwork, jewelry and more using traditional materials and methods through Neshnabkwewek run by her and her sister Kateri Phillips.
To prepare the 29 pieces of art, Clark took extra care with each step including cleaning, priming, painting the balloon portrait, and sealing the ostrich egg. There are no specific tools made to hold ostrich eggs for painters like Clark. So, he created his own version.
With the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center coming into the home stretch of reconstruction before the busy summer of 2016, we look back at the creation of a few pieces of art that adorned the structure shortly after its original January 2006 opening. Tribal citizen and well known Oklahoma artist Beverly Fentress created many Read More »
Famed Potawatomi artist Woody Crumbo made his name in the art world with his Southwest inspired paintings. Crumbo lived in Taos, New Mexico throughout the majority of his professional career. He, like many other artists, captured what was around him. For the past ten years, a Potawatomi mother and son have been following a similar Read More »
To succeed in the art world, artists must continuously draw inspiration to fuel their passion. The famed Potawatomi artist, Woody Crumbo, lived in the desert hills of New Mexico and drew inspiration from the environment around him. In almost similar fashion, fellow CPN Tribal member Matt Bearden, explains that growing up on the Osage Plains Read More »
As the ninth largest tribe in the in the U.S., CPN has many acclaimed artists amongst its Tribal members, both past and present. From Sharon Hoogstraten’s breathtaking photographic portraits to Woody Crambo’s intricately detailed paintings, Tribal artists are represented in all mediums in the art world. Closer to home is just one example of one Read More »
In today’s world, anyone can capture a photograph with the touch of a button from their phone. In past years, during Family Reunion Festival, tribal members have been doing just that, documenting the memories for generations to come. For the past four years, CPN member and professional photographer, Sharon Hoogstraten, has done the same Read More »