Back from an amazing workshop with the young people of Pine Ridge!
Young artists from all over the reservation created content for our quarterly magazine and a gallery full of painting, drawing, collage, and three dimensional art. They built a traditional drum and carved and painted their own drum sticks. They did traditional bead and quill work and wove baskets from sweetgrass. One group wrote, directed, and shot a scary movie which they created original choreography, music, and sound effects for! They did Halloween make-up and face painting with a professional hair and make-up artist. They all participated in an art/service project – braiding fresh sweetgrass for Tiny and the BEARs program and took part in painting our new mascot Big Red. Phew – that was a lot of creating!
We all kept the people in Standing Rock in our thoughts and prayers and used our time together to discuss and create art that reflected what was on our minds. These beautiful young people chose to use their time and energy for something positive and constructive. We finished the program with a movie screening, some spoken word poetry, and an Art Walk to see everything the students created. We finished by handing out awards for the September art contest and then celebrated with Indian Tacos!
Thank you to all of the people who helped make this workshop possible!
Chris Bordeaux, Julie Yellow Hawk, and the Porcupine School staff! Simon J. Joseph, Tiny DeCorey, Rick Gray Grass, Waylon Black Crow, JT Shinning Oneside, Paula Cantu, Maryan Captain, Brittanie Sterner, Mary Gleason, Sandhya Ramachandran, Vanne Mocilac, Outlast Film Program, Charlyn Griffith, Sam Spetner, Lakota Prairie Ranch Motel, Terry Pechota, Lee Linehan and Oelrichs School, Cheryl Locke, Kellee Brewer and Wolf Creek School.