Pawhuska, Okla. (4/10/2018) - On Saturday, April 7th, 2018 twenty-six youth participants along with eight adult chaperones took a cultural enrichment fieldtrip to the Sam Noble Museum in Norman, OK to attend “Fluent Generations: The Art of Anita, Tom and Yatika Fields” exhibition. The special outing was organized by the Osage Nation Museum, Wahzhazhe Cultural Center, Osage Nation Child Care Department and Osage Nation Prevention Program.
Participants traveled by charter bus to the museum, where they were able to experience the “Fluent Generations” exhibit and enjoy several pieces of artwork from the Fields family. A highlight for the group was watching Osage artist Yatika Fields paint portions of an 18’ x 10’ mural right before their eyes. One of the youth suggested an eagle feather being added to the work and to their surprise, Mr. Fields fulfilled the request. During the presentation, Yatika explained how his previous paintings, Osage Dances and the energy of where he is creating, provide inspiration for his amazing works of art full of vibrant colors and effortless fluidity of motion.
The group was also participated in a hands on activity presented by Mrs. Anita Fields that provided each participant the opportunity to sculpt their own piece of clay art. The youth were encouraged to create a figurine in a seated position of themselves or someone that had a positive impact on their life. The pieces will be fired by Mrs. Fields and used in a future work of art featuring the figurines seated at the table.
In addition to the art exhibit, the group toured the world renowned museum and viewed the other exhibits, featuring artifacts depicting early life of Native American Tribes and pre-historic dinosaur skeletal remains, with those being a crowd favorite of the youth and adults alike. A memorable excursion, with memories to last a lifetime!