Collaboration planned for Osage Ribbon Work Project

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Pawhuska, Okla. (12/14/2017) – The Osage Nation Museum (ONM), WahZhaZhe Cultural Center, Osage Nation Communications Department, and Anthropologist Jami Powell are collaborating on an Osage ribbon work documentary project.  The group is gathering documentation about historical and contemporary Osage ribbon work practices for future generations. This project will incorporate interviews with Osage ribbon workers, artists, and scholars, and will include group discussions, demonstrations, and tutorials.
 
Starting January 2nd, interviews will be held with contemporary Osage ribbon work artists at the ONM.  On January 4th and 5th we are inviting members of the community to participate by bringing in works that they have in their personal collections.  We would also like to gather stories from community members about what ribbon work means to them. We invite participants to share any stories or photographs they may have that relate to ribbon work.
 
ONM Curator Hallie Winter said “The art of ribbon work has been practiced by Native peoples since about 1780.  The Osage have mastered this art form and utilize it in a variety of ways, primarily for traditional regalia that is worn at the annual I’lon Shka dances every June.  Our goal is to preserve the knowledge of contemporary ribbon work artists for future generations.  By digitizing interviews, photographs, demonstrations, and tutorials we will be able to spread this knowledge to Osage constituents throughout the world.  We are excited to provide education on this important art form of the Osage.”
 
If you are interested in participating please call or email Hallie Winter at 918-287-5222 or hwinter@osagenation-nsn.gov.
 
About Jami Powell
Jami Powell is a citizen of the Osage Nation and an anthropologist. She is the great-granddaughter of Georgeann Gray Robinson, whose ribbon work and leadership within Indian Country have motivated her research. Her work is also inspired by her participation in the I'lon Shka dances each June. Jami is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but currently teaches American Indian and Indigenous Studies courses as a lecturer at Tufts University. Jami currently lives in Boston with her husband, Nick, who is an officer in the US Army and her two sons, Grayson (5) and Callum (1).
 
About the Osage Nation Museum
The premier destination to experience Osage history, art, and culture
 
Visit the Osage Nation Museum (ONM) in historic Pawhuska, Oklahoma.  Our continuously changing exhibits convey the story of the Osage people throughout history and celebrate Osage culture today.  Highlights include an extensive photograph collection, historical artifacts, and traditional and contemporary art.  Founded in 1938, the ONM is the oldest tribally-owned museum in the United States.
 
Admission and parking are free.
 
Contact Information
Phone: 918-287-5441
Fax: 918-287-5227
Email: museum@osagenation-nsn.gov
Website: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/museum
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OsageNationMuseum/
 
Location
819 Grandview Avenue
Pawhuska, OK 74056
 
About the WahZhaZhe Cultural Center
It is the mission of the WahZhaZhe Cultural Center to ensure the survival of the WahZhaZhe nation of people, we will share, preserve, and celebrate the values, teachings and tribal ways that our elders entrusted to the present and future generations.
 
Contact Information
Phone: 918-287-5632
Fax: 918-287-5569
Email: CulturalCenter@osagenation-nsn.gov
Website: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/cultural-center
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/preservingourculture/
 
Location
220 W. Main
Pawhuska, OK 74056
 
 
About the Osage Nation Communications Department
The less people know, the more they yell. –Seth Godin
A successful native sovereign nation reputation or public image is more than a logo or a seal; it encompasses the total of what the Osage Nation people have to say about who we are, how we treat others, how we treat one another, and how we present ourselves to the future generations of Osage people and the world. The Osage Nation Communications Department is charged with oversight of the Osage Nation’s programmatic and departmental news and information, and coverage of other relevant Osage Nation community information. The team offers a wide range of communication services that support the promotion of the best interests of the Osage Nation to internal and external audiences.  
Communication and event support services are available to all Osage Nation programs and departments by ON Communications. As well, the ON Communications team is honored to provide coverage of the I'lon Shka Dances with regular updates to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the Official Osage Nation website.
Contact Information
Phone: 918-287-5599
Email: communications@osagenation-nsn.gov
Website: www.osagenation-nsn.gov
Facebook: www.facebook.com/osagenation
 
Address:
627 Grandview
Pawhuska, Okla. 74056

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