Héčhetu Welo is all that Lakota artist, Dwayne Wilcox has to say. Learn about the beginnings, early life, and inspiration Dwayne experienced growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Registrants will receive a link to watch this short film and have a chance to meet the renowned ledger artist, Dwayne Wilcox.
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
About Dwayne Wilcox:
Dwayne “Chuck” Wilcox (Oglala Lakota) has been a full-time artist since 1987, but has always been a lifelong producer of art. While he has no formal art training, Dwayne had his first commissioned art piece in 1974, which eventually lead to a full time career.Dwayne’s chosen medium is ledger paper, the first paper to make it’s way to the Great Plains in the 19 century. He uses this medium to convey, in the most contemporary way, a living culture through humor, dance, or vices of the modern times. His goal is to share a continuing view of how natives see the European culture and to reverse the paradigm.
Anna Robins is an emerging filmmaker and songwriter/composer based in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Her film works include small documentaries, short films, and children’s media/animation.Anna received a degree in Communications Arts with a Music Minor at Cardinal Stritch University where her final project was a documentary about a student-group’s Civil Rights pilgrimage to the southern states (“Following Their Footsteps”). After college she spent a year volunteering at a school on the Pine Ridge reservation where she made connections that kick-started her media career. She then spent a transformative month at the Sundance Film Institute Summer Labs observing inspiring filmmakers and composers. Now the creator behind the Lakota-language project, “Wayáwa Čík’ala“, she is the driving force behind DrumSong Media and can’t wait to tackle what’s next.
About Laughter and Resilience:
This event is part of ongoing programming for the Eiteljorg’s new exhibition Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native American Art. This fascinating exhibition curated by the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, N.M. examines Indigenous humor in all its forms. Laughter and Resilience will inspire an appreciation and better understanding of Native Art through the concept of how humor, telling jokes, and being light-hearted (especially during times that require or have required acts of resiliency), is central to many Native American groups. Learn more.