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April 2021

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Cognitive Approaches to the Analysis of Mississippian Craig-Style Gorgets

Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World. The iconography of Mississippian Shell Gorgets (primarily rendered in the Craig A style) reveals structured compositions that appear to be narrative vignettes reflecting ritual activity centered on a cosmological focus. Presented by F. Kent Reilly, Director,…

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Educators After Hours – Liichokoshkomo’

Educators and a guest are invited to experience Liichokoshkomo, our new outdoor playscape with plenty of room for social distance! Stroll among our seven recreated native dwellings, grind corn and rope cattle. Guests are also invited to explore Museum galleries on their own. Refreshments and a cash bar are available. This event is free; however, pre-registration is required by April 18. Limited to current K-12 educators and student teachers. Educators may bring one guest. Registration is closed, for more information…

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Traditional Caddo Pottery Techniques

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Learn a brief history of the Caddo tribe, original to Oklahoma and the Red River area, as well as the ancient and ancestral techniques they employed to create some of the most beautiful, technical and widespread pottery in prehistoric and historic North America. Participants will be instructed on making traditional clay, hand coiling their own pots and finishing techniques. There will also be a discussion about firing techniques. An additional firing day may be scheduled in coordination with instructor. Taught…

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Sunday Spiro Spotlight – Anita Fields

Grab a stool and listen to invited artisans discuss their craft. Artist Anita Fields creates works of clay and textile that reflect the worldview of her Native Osage culture. Field’s practice explores the complexities of cultural influences and the intersections of balance and chaos. Her art creates narratives that asks viewers to consider other ways of seeing and being in an effort to understand our shared existence. Landscapes, environment and the influences of nature are themes found throughout the work…

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Virtual Living History Performance: York: Explorer

York: Explorer is the story of the enslaved man who traveled west with the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1803. As a member of the Corps of Discovery, York discovered his spirit of freedom and was an important member of the team. That new spirit nearly killed him when he returned to “civilization” at the conclusion of the expedition. York was never permitted to tell his story but the expedition journals, William Clark’s letters and other accounts provide a sketch…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Woven Worlds: The Archaeology of the Textiles and Basketry of the Mississippian World

Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World. In this presentation, Elizabeth T. Horton, Ph.D., paleoethnobotanist and archaeologist, explores what is known about the fabric traditions and technologies of weavers at Spiro Mounds as well as the broader Southeastern United States. She discusses the…

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Dinner and Living History Performance: York: Explorer

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Enjoy a delicious meal from the comfort of your home while watching a wonderful presentation. York: Explorer is the story of the enslaved man who traveled west with the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1803. As a Corps of Discovery member, York found his spirit of freedom and was an important team member. That new spirit nearly got him killed when he returned to “civilization” at the expedition’s conclusion. York was never permitted to tell his story, but the expedition…

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Date with the Duke: Fort Apache (1948)

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Enjoy the first in John Ford’s “Cavalry trilogy.” When arrogant and stubborn Civil War hero Lieutenant Colonel Owen Thursday (played by Henry Fonda) arrives in Arizona with his daughter, Philadelphia (Shirley Temple), to assume command of the Fort Apache outpost, he clashes with level-headed Captain Kirby York (John Wayne). Viewing the local Native Americans through an ignorantly negative lens, Thursday is determined to engage them in battle for his own glory, despite the warnings of York — an act of…

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May 2021

Kids Take Over the Cowboy – Become an Explorer

From deep jungles to ocean depths to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, humans have always been explorers, searching out the unknown and making it known. In that same tradition, come explore the Museum and all that it has to offer. Make your own binoculars and learn to use a compass. Make your own map of Liichokoshkomo’, your home or neighborhood. Enjoy storytime at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free for members or with Museum admission. Activities available while supplies…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Eternal Performances: Spirit Tableaus in Ancient Mesoamerica

Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World. The Craig Mound Lodge is a tableau of powerful living spirit forces. The people of Teotihuacan in the Valley of Mexico, and the people of the lowland Maya world to the east of them, also created…

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