Bedtime Buckaroos: Fry Bread – A Native American Family Story

Posted on August 30, 2021 by Seth "from Marketing" Spillman in ,

Join us as we spark imaginations by hosting virtual bedtime stories with “Bedtime Buckaroos,” presented by Paycom.

Storytime plays a vital role in introducing children to the magic of books. Each week we’ll feature a new engaging Western story read by local authors, community leaders, traditional storytellers and Museum staff.

This week, listen to Ashley Leming read “Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story” written by Kevin Noble Maillard and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal.

“old in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal.

Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.

Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.

Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.

Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.”

About the Reader

Ashley began pursuing her dream to be an artist at a very young age. Growing up in the Northwest rural city of Alva, Oklahoma, her parents saw the artistic potential and did everything to encourage her desire. She was constantly supplied with art materials, cultural travel experience, and opportunities to create art. Her fire was fueled by endless visits to art galleries and museums inside and outside the country. She graduated from The University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Art Education.

Ashley manages to balance a growing art career with raising three young children, and teaching high school art at Sulphur High School. She is actively involved in the Annie Oakley Society Little Sure Shot Leadership Team at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. When asked how she manages to balance a family and teaching career with her devotion to creating art, she said, “It is just a priority in my life and I just make it happen.”

Many of her latest artworks have Native American inspiration. Her husband and children’s Chickasaw heritage plays an integral part of her subject matter. The Southern Oklahoma landscape has inspired her to begin plein air painting. Being outside painting, often with other artists, has a positive influence on her studio work. Painting subjects directly from observation is her preference for study. Living on her husband’s family bison ranch provides a never ending source of inspiration.

A few years ago, she had the opportunity to meet with legendary western artist, Howard Terpning. Getting the opportunity to visit with many successful western artists around the country and having a close friendship with local artists, has been the driving force behind keeping her art career moving.

About the Annie Oakley Society

The Annie Oakley Society is made up of women leaders and philanthropists who, like Annie Oakley, play a significant role in shaping their communities while keeping the values and spirit of the West alive.

Through their efforts, members are working with the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to build and sustain world-class educational experiences to teach children and families the rich history of the American West.

You can help support the future of AOS and its mission of hands-on education of children and empowering and inspiring the next generation through a donation or by becoming a member of the Annie Oakley Society.

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