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Top image: Helen Hardin (U.S., 1943-1984) Winter Awakening of the O-Khoo-Wah (1972) from the James T. Bialac Collection. Š The Helen Hardin Estate

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(Clockwise from top left) Sven Haakanson, Executive Director of Alaska’s Alutiiq Museum addresses the International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums at the Hard Rock Tulsa. The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association’s Annual Meeting and Tradeshow. Quinton Roman Nose, President of the National Indian Education Association gives the keynote speech at the American Indian Chamber of Commerce-OKC Chapter Scholarship Awards Luncheon. OKC Chapter Education Chair Christopher Roman Nose with scholarship winners Alec Barker, Kiarah Bates and Shelby Smith–Congratulations!

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M I S S I S S I P P I A N F LOAT T R I P 2005, Acrylic and micaceous iron oxide on canvas 5 x 5 in.

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1 Courtesy Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman; James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection


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By Heather Ahtone OKLAHOMA IS fertile soil for the development of Native American art—extending back for generations. The artistic evolutions rooted in our state are a wealth of material for any number of potential authors. So it should be no surprise that this tradition continues. What may be unexpected is the contemporary artists whose vision extends back into that history without losing sight of the present. Following that tradition of innovation, Swedish/Cherokee artist America Meredith folds past, present, and future into her paintings. Grounded in her own cultural identity, Meredith confidently expresses her contemporary indigenous perspective through visual art. Meredith has developed several series examining facets of the Native American identity. Her work incorporates the polyvalent symbolism that persists as the coded cultural vocabulary omniscient in Native American art. In a series titled “Mississippian” developed between 200305, Meredith was drawing on Oklahoma’s oldest art tradition, the Spiro Mounds shell engravings. As the western most boundary of the extended Southeastern Ceremonial Complex region, Spiro was occupied for at least 8000 years until 1450. Spiro imagery is arguably the foundation for indigenous Oklahoma art. “RACCOON DANCERS” (top right) is directly borrowed from a widely published shell engraving (right). The orientation of the axis is a symbolic reference to the center, interpreted varyingly as the central

2 Courtesy Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma, Norman, and with permission of the Caddo and Wichita tribes.

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R ACCOON DANCERS 2003, Acrylic on canvas, 5 x 5 in.

A N CE S T R A L E N G R AV E D S H E L L B108, Craig Mound, Spiro, OK

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fire or as a whirlwind symbol. Meredith translated the circular structure of the shell to a square canvas. When the shell was engraved, the cultures saw the world organized on an axis with circular and cyclical guiding forces. Though science has proven this ancient knowledge to be accurate, Meredith’s translation into a square format lends a contemporary note for how we share information. Squares and rectangles are the dominant format through which knowledge is mediated, as books, televisions, computer screens, and even cell phones reign. 1

HARRIER DANCER 2004, Acrylic on canvas 5 x 5 in.

AFTER APPROPRIATING these images in the hopes of gaining more insight into their iconography, Meredith felt it was more appropriate to focus on her own Cherokee community specifically. Meredith has developed other series reflecting her developing body of traditional knowledge. Medicinal Formulae visually expresses the ancient Cherokee medicinal knowledge carried through centuries by her tribe and recorded in books using Cherokee syllabary. Meredith is just as comfortable using the visual vocabulary of her own generation, borrowing from such varied sources as Richard Scarry, the Pink Panther, and traditional portraiture. By juxtaposing these seemingly incongruent sources into


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single compositions, viewers begin to see the relationships that can be drawn between ancient knowledge and pop culture. The humor of these juxtapositions is also powerfully revealing of the critical balance that Native people have to manage as they develop their identities in the traditions of their tribes while living in contemporary society. SHE HAS BECOME nationally recognized for her efforts to understand the tradition of using symbolism in Native American art. It’s not uncommon to see her listed as a panelist or presenter in nationally significant events, including a recent panel organized by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts to discuss authenticity and quality in Native art. Meredith’s work as an artist and curator reflect her commitment to perpetuating her tribal traditions and supporting the development of the arts and cultural landscape for Native American artists. Heather Ahtone (Choctaw/Chickasaw) is a curator and writer living in Norman, OK. She is the James T. Bialac Assistant Curator of Native American and NonWestern Art at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma. The works here can be seen in “Indigenous Aesthetics: Selected Works from the James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection” exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, September 22 thru December 30. http://www.ou.edu/fjjma

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