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December 2020

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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January 2021

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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Read the West Book Club: Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America

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Bestselling authors Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard venture through the fraught history of our country’s founding on already occupied lands. Explore General Andrew Jackson’s brutal battles with the Creek Nation to President James Monroe’s epic “sea to shining sea” policy, to President Martin Van Buren’s cruel enforcement of a “treaty” that forced the Cherokee Nation out of their homelands along what would be called the Trail of Tears. Join Read the West Book Club and explore the differing perceptions of…

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Seaside Basket Workshop

Winter doldrums have you dreaming of sand and sea? This basket workshop is the perfect pick me up! Led by BasketWeavers Guild of Oklahoma, participants will create their own Seaside Basket with optional seashell decoration. It features a wooden base and measures approximately 40 inches in diameter and 8.5 inches high (17.5 inches high with handle). All supplies included; lunch not provided. $50; $40 for Museum members. To register click here.

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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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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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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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March 2021

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

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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 explore the archaeological and historical data connecting the Spiro site to other communities throughout North and Central America. Learn about the Spiroan community, their religious activities and the enduring legacy of Native Americans today who are descended from Mississippian cultural groups. Bring your lunch…

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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. Register by February 26.  To register click here.

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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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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Spiro and its Rock Art Connections

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Images found in the art of Spiro Mounds is also seen in the rock art of Missouri. In this presentation, Dr. Diaz-Granados, Archaeologist and Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, Washington University, compares the widespread symbols depicted on Spiro shell, copper, clay and stone to imagery in Missouri petrolgyphs and pictographs – including its fascinating cave art. The motifs reflect American Indian oral traditions, especially a widespread genesis story. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill.…

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Native American Art, Ritual and Cosmic Renewal Discovering Ancient Spiro Symposium

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The Spiro people and their Mississippian peers are nearly forgotten in the pages of North American history, yet they created one of the most exceptional societies in all of the Americas. This symposium explores the archaeological and historical data connecting the Spiro site to other communities throughout North and Central America. Discover the Spiroan community and religious activities and the enduring legacy of Native Americans today who are descended from Mississippian cultural groups. Free for members or with Museum admission.…

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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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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

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Objects placed in the Craig Mound at Spiro represented material ties to the wider social and sacred worlds of the 15 century American Southeast. Most of the arrow points can be sourced to the Ozark Mountains to the northeast of Spiro, or to the Ouachita Mountains and the Red River valley to the south. In this talk, Mary Beth Trubitt, Archeologist for the Arkansas Archeological Survey and a Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas, highlights current…

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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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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 Mounds site and sell off the spoils. The looters unwittingly stumbled into destroying the largest and best-preserved cache of pre-contact Native American art north of the Rio Grande. When the details of their finds began to leak out, the University of Oklahoma (OU) began a successful campaign to stop the destruction. After the looters…

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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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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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May 2021

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

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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