Culture Corner

Round Dance: Learning from Native Stories and Voices

Bronze sculpture of young woman

Addison Karl

American-born, Chickasaw & Choctaw Artist, Addison Karl has garnered experiences over a journey that has lasted more than a decade. His work attempts “to expand the viewer’s understanding of the context, structures & surfaces they inhabit adding life with his work & aiming towards a meticulous harmony & balance between that and the pre-existing environment.”

A mans beaded dance apron Man’s Dance Apron – McClung Museum

Man’s Dance Apron – McClung Museum

c. 1890–1910, Ojibwe, White Earth Indian Reservation, Minnesota, Fabric and beads. Men in the western Great Lakes tribe celebrated their identity and cultural heritage through formal attire, which was worn only during important social events. This dance apron is part of that formal regalia and is decorated with maple leaves, a favored motif, and plants stages of plant buds, blossoms, and fruit. Gift of Virginia and Robert Dunlap, 2006.

Painting of woman reclining with poppy flowers Woman with Poppies

Woman with Poppies

R. C. Gorman was a Navajo artist. His paintings are primarily of Native American women and characterized by fluid forms and vibrant colors, though he also worked in sculpture, ceramics, and stone lithography. Gorman used abstract forms and shapes to create his own unique, personal realistic style, recognizable to all who are acquainted with his work. He was also an avid lover of cuisine, authoring four cookbooks, called Nudes and Food.

wooden mask in the shape of a bear Bear Mask – McClung Museum

Bear Mask – McClung Museum

Bear Mask, c. 1970, Adam Welch (Eastern Band Cherokee Indian, 1925–1985), Buckeye wood and leather. Adam Welch is a Cherokee artist well-known for his masks, and carvings of bears, ducks, and birds. Here, he portrays the bear in the smooth, elegant, clean lines typical of his carvings. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Breunig, Jr., 2019.

stamped pattern ceramic pot Complicated Stamped Bowl

Complicated Stamped Bowl

Bernadine George (Eastern Band Cherokee Indian, 1944–2016), Ceramic. A noted Cherokee ceramicist, she is particularly known for helping to revive the ancient stamped pottery tradition in which carved wooden paddles are used to stamp decorative designs on clay. Gift of Jeff Chapman, 2019.

Woven baskets of various heights, an art piece titled Hearts of Our Woman Hearts of Our Women

Hearts of Our Women

Shan Goshorn (1957-2018) was an Eastern Band Cherokee artist, who lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her multi-media artwork expresses human rights issues, especially those that affect Native American people today. Goshorn used different media to convey her message, including woven paper baskets, silversmithing, painting, and photography.

Two photographs of modern nativer americans in traditional regalia Zoe Marieh Urness

Zoe Marieh Urness

Zoë Marieh Urness is a Tlingit Alaskan Native whose portraits of modern Natives in traditional regalia and settings, aim to send a message; “We are here and we are thriving, through our traditions”. Educated at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, Zoe’s current project focuses exclusively on sharing beautiful, powerful images of Indigenous Americans, and the lands and traditions they hold dear

Culture Corner

The 2020-2021 Culture Corner offers resources and materials that explore Native American cultures and traditions.

Painting of woman reclining with poppy flowers