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March 2021

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Spiro and its Rock Art Connections

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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. Images found in the art of Spiro Mounds is also seen in the rock art of Missouri. In this presentation, Dr. Carol Diaz-Granados, Archaeologist and Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, Washington University, compares the…

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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.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Ouachita Connection: Novaculite Arrow Points at Spiro

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. Objects placed in the Craig Mound at Spiro represented material ties to the wider social and sacred worlds of the 15th century American Southeast. Most of the arrow points can be sourced to the Ozark Mountains…

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Read the West Book Club: The Freshour Cylinders

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Winner of an American Book Award, this suspenseful literary mystery takes place during the events surrounding the discovery and destruction of Spiro Mound, the most significant pre-Columbian temple mound ever found in North America. Weaving history with the compelling story of murder, broken hearts and greed, Speer Morgan provides an engrossing and suspenseful tale. Read the West Book Club meets in January, February and March; attend one or all three. The Freshhour Cylinders is available on Amazon or Ebay. Refreshments…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Adventures of the Mound Boys: The Looting of Craig Mound and WPA Archaeology at Spiro

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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. In 1935, a group of hard-up treasure hunters known as the Pocola Mining Company started an organized campaign to loot the Craig Mound at the Spiro site and sell off the spoils. The looters unwittingly stumbled…

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April 2021

Sunday Spiro Spotlight – Jereldine Redcorn

Grab a stool and listen to invited artisans discuss their craft. Jereldine Redcorn is recognized nationally and internationally for reviving Caddo Pottery. Her designs are especially inspired by prehistoric Native American decorative motifs from the Spiro Mounds. Her bottle “Intertwining Scrolls” was selected by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for permanent display in the White House Oval Office. A self-taught artist, Redcorn imbues each piece with her own aesthetic; while many of her vessels bear traceable references to…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Arkansas Valley Traditions of Spiro

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. Spiro is best known for the creation of the Spirit Lodge around AD 1400. Patrick Livingood, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, will describe how the Spirit Lodge is a culmination of 500…

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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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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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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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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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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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June 2021

Academy of Western Art—Becoming a Better Painter: Guidance from a Lifelong Painter

Artist Andrew Peters will explain his process in preparing his canvas and setting up his equipment to begin a painting. Each student will then begin painting a subject of their own choosing. Through daily presentations and demonstrations, Peters will describe how to truly see the subject and provide individual instruction to assist students with their painting through each stage to completion. Students will work on one or two paintings throughout the week. Instructor: Prix de West Artist Andrew Peters. Skill…

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Prix de West

Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale Sale Weekend Events Friday, June 25, through Saturday, June 26, 2021 The Museum hosts its annual exhibition of more than 300 paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation. The premier art exhibition features works ranging from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. Landscapes, wildlife art, and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. 2020 Prix de West…

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July 2021

Date with the Duke: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

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The second in John Ford’s “Cavalry trilogy” boasts what might be the greatest use ever made by Ford of Monument Valley. Captain Brittles (John Wayne), rankling from the defeat at Little Bighorn, faces retirement at the same time as a new Indian war threatens. Matters come to a head when he leads a mission against a nearby Cheyenne encampment at the same time as he must escort his superior officer’s wife and daughter to the stagecoach. After both his missions…

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September 2021

Fall Harvest Trio Weaving Workshop

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Create this Fall Harvest Trio perfect for your autumn decorating. Led by BasketWeavers Guild of Oklahoma, participants will create a corn bundle (approximately 14”long and 7” wide), a cornucopia (approximately 8” long by 16” in diameter and 6” high) and an apple (approximately 16” in diameter by 6” high). $40; $30 for Museum members. All supplies included; lunch not provided. Register online by September 8. To register click here.

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December 2021

A Date with the Duke: Rio Grande (1950)

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Enjoy the third film in John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy.” Lieutenant Colonel Kirby Yorke (John Wayne) heads a cavalry post on the Texas side of the Rio Grande, defending settlers against Apaches launching raids from the Mexican side of the river. When Yorke's 16-year-old son, Jeff (Claude Jarman Jr.)— whom Yorke hasn’t seen since he was a baby — shows up at the post as one of the new recruits, Yorke treats him more harshly than the others. Things are further…

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