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Thursday, September 10th from 12:00-4:00 PM

Friday, September 11th from 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Thursday, September 17th from 12:00-4:00 PM

Friday, September 18th from 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Thursday, September 24th from 12:00-4:00 PM

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Thursday, October 15th from 12:00-4:00 PM

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The beating heart of any culture is its spoken language. If the language disappears, the culture perishes. Among indigenous cultures and peoples in Indian Country—formerly Indian Territory, now Oklahoma—this truth hits too close to home for many. And yet the resilience of our peoples—once forcibly removed from homelands and punished or shamed for speaking our native languages—has led to a renaissance of language revitalization and preservation efforts. This is nowhere more evident than in the work of contemporary indigenous artists in Oklahoma. Native artists’ voices speak from the front lines of cultural engagement, in a visual language that displays the power of words, whether spoken, written, or in the case of this exhibition, painted with a brush.

The works in this exhibition make clear that our languages are still—and will always be—an integral part of our identity as Native peoples. Equally important is the reality that time is not on our side—fluent tribal speakers are passing on, and the race is on to ensure the survival of these heart languages for future generations. As the title Speak: Speak While You Can makes clear, these artists have an urgent message: that we must speak up with our art, proclaiming with visual voices the message that our languages are the lifeblood of our cultures.

Tony A. Tiger (Sac & Fox/Seminole/Muscogee) and Bobby C. Martin (Muscogee/Creek)



Marwin Begaye (Diné)

Antonia Belindo (Kiowa, Diné, Pani, Chahta)

Jay Benham (Kiowa)

Roy Boney, Jr. (Cherokee)

Maggie Boyett (Shawnee, Delaware, Kiowa)

Leslie Deer (Mvskoke)

Chase Kahwinhut Earles (Caddo)

Michael Elizondo Jr. (Cheyenne, Kaw, Chumash)

Anita Fields (Osage, Muscogee (Creek))

Tom Fields (Muscogee (Creek), Cherokee)

Kristin Gentry (Choctaw)

Keli Gonzales (Cherokee)

Brent Greenwood (Chickasaw, Ponca)

Lester Harragarra (Kiowa)

Lokosh (Joshua D. Hinson) (Chickasaw, Choctaw, Mvskoke Creek, Cherokee, Euro-American, enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation)

Ruthe Blalock Jones (Peoria, Shawnee, Delaware)

Bobby C. Martin (Muscogee Creek)

America Meredith (Cherokee Nation)

Melinda Schwakhofer (Muscogee Creek)

Amber DuBoise-Shepherd (Diné, Sac & Fox, Prairie Band Potawatomi)

Kindra Swafford (Cherokee)

Candessa Tehee (Cherokee)

Tony A. Tiger (Sac and Fox, Seminole, Muscogee Creek)

Randi Narcomey Watson (Muscogee Creek)

Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw, Choctaw)