GENERAL INFORMATION

Opening Mayfest Weekend:
Friday, May 6 (12:00-9:00 pm)
Saturday, May 7 (11:00-7:00 pm)
Sunday, May 8 (1:00-4:00 pm)

This exhibition will be up in the gallery to view from May 6 – June 19, 2022. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are reserved for appointments between 12:00-4:00 PM. Thursdays and Fridays are open for gallery hours from 12:00-4:00 PM.

Please note that Living Arts of Tulsa does not charge admission to view exhibitions.

Please call 918-585-1234 or email info@livingarts.org to set up a viewing.

Check out the online catalog HERE

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

“The Chiefs, Clans & Kin exhibition celebrates the divergent histories, cultures, and lifeways of Indigenous tribes of the Southeast and their transnational histories with Celtic peoples. Our joy is in that which makes us distinct and also in that which brings us together.”
- Laura Marshall Clark (Muscogee Creek/Irish/Scottish), Curator

A century before the Irish came to America during The Great Famine‭, ‬Celtic immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales settled among sovereign Indigenous nations in the Southeast‭ ‬region of the U.S. Amid the clash of volatile foreign‭, ‬domestic, and tribal powers, a surprising story of kinship and identity emerged among the Choctaw‭, ‬Chickasaw‭, ‬Cherokee‭, ‬Seminole, and Muscogee‭ (‬Creek‭) ‬Nations through intermarriage with these frontiersmen‭. Today these tribes are known collectively as the Five Civilized Tribes in Oklahoma and bear rich, captivating cultures along with complex histories. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

While Southeast tribes fought for survival, sovereignty, and cultural continuance in their homelands, intermarriage into tribal clans forever bound Native nations and Celts in relationship. From this arose a new generation of mixed-heritage culture bearers, cultural brokers, tribal leaders, treaty makers, and traitors. The Chiefs, Clans & Kin exhibition brings to light this little-understood history by artists of the Five Civilized Tribes who also hold this ancestry. More than 60 artworks respond to both the distinction and the melding of Indigenous and Celtic paradigms, and to the deep connections of family and culture held by First Americans.

The Chiefs‭, ‬Clans & Kin‭ exhibition ‬features 32 Southeast artists exploring issues of singular and blended identities‭; ‬cultural norms and anomalies‭; ‬and shared histories of subjugation and colonization‭, ‬among other subject matter‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Karen Berry (Cherokee Nation)
Martha Berry (Cherokee Nation)
J. Dylan Cavin (Choctaw)
Laura Marshall Clark (Muscogee Creek)
Tom Farris (Otoe Missouria/Cherokee Nation)
Phyllis Fife (Mvskoke)
Raven Halfmoon (Caddo/Choctaw)
Billy Hensley (Chickasaw/Choctaw)
Lokosh (Joshua D. Hinson) (Chickasaw/Choctaw/Muskogee Creek/Cherokee Nation)
Brenda Kingery (Chickasaw/Choctaw)
Linda Kelley Kukuk (Choctaw)
Gwen Coleman Lester (Choctaw)
Bobby Martin (Muscogee Creek)
Edna Massey (Cherokee Nation)
Dustin Mater (Chickasaw/Choctaw)
Daniel McCoy (Muscogee Creek)
America Meredith (Cherokee Nation)
Shelley Patrick (Mvskoke)
Scott Roberts (Muscogee Creek)
Shelby Rowe (Chickasaw)
Jane Semple-Umsted (Choctaw)
Sarah Sense (Choctaw)
Tanni’ (Tyra Shackleford) (Chickasaw)
Erin Shaw (Chickasaw/Choctaw)
Cady Shaw (Choctaw)
Maya Stewart (Chickasaw/Muscogee Creek/Choctaw)
Jimmie Carole Fife Stewart (Mvskoke)
Dana Tiger (Muscogee Creek/Seminole/Cherokee Nation)
Tony Tiger (Sac & Fox/Muscogee/Seminole)
Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw/Choctaw)
Sandy Fife Wilson (Mvskoke)
Daniel Worcester (Chickasaw)
J. Daniel Worcester (Chickasaw)