Indigenous art. Indigenous perspectives.

Oklahoma Native Art History

Oklahoma Contemporary | Studio School
non-credit course
Mondays, 6:00–8:00 pm Central Time
Instructor: America Meredith (Cherokee Nation) | email

Class 1: May 17, 2021

Precontact, Pre-Removal, and Pre-Statehood Oklahoma
Lecture: Precontact painting and ceramics, Mississippian artworks and trade networks, 19th-century textile arts, beadwork, and basketry.



Class 2: May 24, 2021

Discuss “Designed to Last” essay
Painting: Flatstyle and Other Movements
19th- and 20th-century painting from hides (including parfleches), ledger, to easel art, Southern Plains school, Studio style, Bacone school, Philbrook Indian Annual, revival of ledger art. Alternative painting movements from the 19th to 21st centuries.


May 31: No class, Memorial Day weekend

Class 3: June 7, 2021

Photography, Film, Video Art, Digital Art, Animation, and Sound Art

Contemporary ceramics and revivals of ceramic.

Class 4: June 14, 2021

Guest speaker: Tahnee Ahtoneharjo-Growing Thunder (Kiowa/Seminole/Mvskoki), curator of the Kiowa Tribal Museum

Textile Arts: Regalia and Fashion Design
Lecture: Reservation era, Powwow regalia, Southern Plains, Prairie, ribbonwork, finger weaving, Lloyd Kiva New, Fife Sisters, Ardina Moore, Margaret Roach Wheeler, 20th- and 21st-century beadwork

Metals: Jewelry and Sculpture
Lecture: German Silver, Allan Houser, Modern and Contemporary works in bronze, leading up to Harvey Pratt’s National Native American Veteran’s Memorial

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will have a general understanding of Indigenous peoples of Oklahoma and tribes relocated here and appreciate the vast diversity of cultures represented in this state.
  2. Students will develop a basic foundation of Oklahoma American Indian history and understand how sociopolitical factors influence artistic styles.
  3. Students will learn and use a methodology for understanding and critiquing Indigenous artworks.
  4. Students will recognize names and basic biographical information of the state’s most prominent Native American artists living and deceased.