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May 2021

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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Native American Art, Ritual and Cosmic Renewal Looting & Archeology Panel: Its Effects on Native People and Culture

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Much of what is understood about the Spiro site comes only in bits and pieces. This site remains the location of one of the largest and longest episodes of looting at any American archaeological site in history. Spread across the world, many, if not most, of these items will likely never be returned. It is critical to discuss the legacy of Native peoples and connect it to present-day communities. Showcasing their artistic heritage and highlighting the continuity of cultural traditions…

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Artist Demonstrations

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Explore artist demonstration stations and learn more about traditional and contemporary native craft. Participating artists include: Martha Berry, Cherokee Beadwork Artist, Jereldine Redcorn, Caddo Potter, Margaret Roach Wheeler, Chickasaw/Choctaw weaver and Native American fashion designer, and Matthew Anderson, Cherokee shell carver.

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Sunday Spiro Spotlight – Martha Berry

Grab a stool and listen to invited artisans discuss their craft. Martha Berry is a Cherokee beadwork artist who creates beaded art inspired by traditional Southeastern Woodlands Native American Indians. Her beadwork often illustrates the stories and lore of her Cherokee ancestors, allowing the observer to experience the power of their knowledge and the richness of their experience. Designated a Cherokee National Living Treasure by the Cherokee Nation for traditional Cherokee beadwork, Berry will share about her pieces included in…

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Drop-In Drawing – Saving the Mail, Charles Schreyvogel

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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. Can’t make it to Drop-In Drawing? Drop in anytime, pick up sketching materials or bring your own, and go…

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Perked Up Playdate

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Meet up with friends on the third Tuesday of the month April through September within a safe community space at the all-new Friess Family playground. During these playdates, friendships will form, a community will develop, and conversations will take place while children engage with each other and explore the playground. Enjoy refreshments for both adults and littles. Kids also can take part in a craft activity, while supplies last. Free for members or with Museum admission.  

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Annual Chuck Wagon Festival

Signature Tour

From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture. Walk away with a better understanding of the diverse cultures that have shaped…

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Signature Tour

From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture. Walk away with a better understanding of the diverse cultures that have shaped…

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June 2021

Kids Take Over the Cowboy – Animal Tracks: What’s Left Behind

Sometimes it is hard to catch a glimpse of wild animals in the flesh. But they always leave behind some sign that they have been there. Join us as we investigate what animals leave behind. Follow animal tracks through Liichokoshkomo’ and make tracks of your own! 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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