By Rachel Mitchell
CSC College Relations
CHADRON – The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center is honoring Native American Heritage Month with an exhibit titled “Native American Legacies.” The exhibit includes three art installations and an informational display about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women now through Dec. 13. The Sandoz Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Watercolor ledger and paper teepee art by Joe Pulliam, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe of is display. Pulliam is continuing a long tradition of painting on old ledgers and receipts. Pulliam’s art was featured on the cover of the Spring 2016 “Smithsonian Magazine”, according to Courtney Kouba, an employee at the Sandoz Center. He will be an artist-in-residence Friday from 10 to noon. It is open to students as well as the public.
Ledger artwork by the late Amos Bad Heart Bull’s ledger is also exhibited. These pieces were made between 1890 and his death in 1913. Through his historic pictographs, Bad Heart Bull sought to preserve the story of the Oglala Sioux, according to the University of Nebraska Press.
Honoring Quilts are also included in the exhibit. Each quilt was made by a variety of local families and are on loan by Roxie Puchner. They were made to honor a different event’s such as naming ceremonies, marriages and deaths, according to Courtney Kouba.
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman display is presented by the Red Ribbon Skirt Society. Celeste Lee, a CSC intern, said she wanted to bring the display to campus, and a second one in the Student Center, to bring more attention to the murdered and missing Indigenous women of the region.
The exhibit has informational sheets with statistics about missing indigenous women in Nebraska as well as a form for families to fill out if they have anyone missing or murdered as a way to honor their memory.
For more information about the exhibit visit sandozcenter.com.