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February 2021

Hearts for Art

One day to celebrate love is not enough! Visit the Museum any time during February 1 – 14 and show your love for your favorite piece of art or artifact. Pick up a heart at Visitor Services, leave it by your selection and share on social media using #MyWest and #HeartsForArt. While visiting, pick up the “Find the Love” guide, a selection of art from the Museum’s collection that speaks of love. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Black History in the West

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In honor of Black History Month, learn about a few of the many contributions by Black people to the West and Western history. Try your hand at roping, talk to Bill Pickett about his unique method of taking down a steer and enjoy storytime at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Activities available while supplies last. Free for members or with Museum admission.

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Drop-In Drawing

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.d

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Oklahoma Heritage Concert – Women in the West

Watch Oklahoma history come to life in a performance by Rodeo Opry. This virtual program teaches Oklahoma history through music and culture with an emphasis on Women in the West. This will be a virtual event with the video available from February 19 – March 5. Suitable for older elementary through high school students. To register click here or call (405) 478-2250 ext. 241.

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Read the West Book Club: Looting Spiro Mounds: An American King Tut’s Tomb

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When a group of relic hunters drove their picks into a lost Indian burial crypt in eastern Oklahoma in 1935, they unearthed a vast treasure trove of Mississippian art—considered by many at the time to be America’s answer to King Tut’s Tomb. They also ignited a controversy that continues to have repercussions throughout archaeological and American Indian communities. In Looting Spiro Mounds, David La Vere takes readers behind the scenes of this discovery to re-create a Great Depression–era archaeological adventure…

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Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World Virtual Teacher Workshop

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Join the National Cowboy Museum for a professional development opportunity for teachers grades K – 12 in collaboration with the College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma. Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World is the first major museum exhibition on the Spiro Mounds of southeast Oklahoma. It reunites extraordinary objects which haven’t been together since the site was both looted and archeologically excavated in the 1930s and 40s. Explore the religious and ceremonial activities, farming…

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March 2021

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Exploring Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World

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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 Spiro people are nearly forgotten in the pages of North American history, yet they created one of the most exceptional societies in all of the Americas. Eric Singleton, Curator of Ethnology, National Cowboy Museum, will…

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Cherokee Beadwork

Learn about beadwork methods used by Cherokees in the mid-1700s. Students will create a purse (approximately 4" x 4") utilizing the two needle applique stitch and edge beading. Suitable for beginners to advanced. Led by Cherokee National Treasure Tonia Hogner-Weavel, who has taught Cherokee beadwork for the past 10 years. All supplies provided, limited enrollment. $50; $40 for Museum members. Thank you for your interest; this workshop is full. To be added to the wait list, please email gjeane@nationalcowboymuseum.org.

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Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Spiro Scratch Art: Decorations for Another World

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Many of the artifacts found in the Spiro Mounds are heavily decorated, often by incising, or cutting, a design into the stone or clay or shell. Using Spiro iconography as inspiration, scratch your own designs into a variety of objects. Enjoy storytime at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free for members or with Museum admission. Activities available while supplies last.

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Sunday Spiro Spotlight – Margaret Wheeler

Grab a stool and listen to invited artisans discuss their craft. An award-winning weaver, Margaret Wheeler balances fashion with art, using modern technology to help her with the ancient pastime of weaving. Her Chickasaw heritage influences the look and feel of her weavings, which may eventually adorn mannequins and customers. A President’s Award recipient at Red Earth Festival and an inductee into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame, Wheeler will share about her pieces included in the Spiro and the Art…

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