News Release 155

Osage Nation of Oklahoma will contribute to art project at Van Meter State Park May 21

Volume 39-155 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MAY 18, 2011 – Artist C.R. Red Corn from the Osage Nation of Oklahoma will contribute to artwork for an exhibit at the Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center at Van Meter State Park near Miami on May 21. Red Corn will be completing the American Indian symbol for the Osage Nation on a bison hide for a permanent exhibit at the center. The public is invited to watch his progress from 1 p.m. throughout the afternoon to view different stages of the painting.

Traditionally, American Indians would paint symbols and pictures on a hide to record an important event or tell a story about some aspect of their life. Each tribal council approves a simple emblem representing its people and appoint an artist to come to Missouri to paint it on the hide. The symbol can either be traditional or contemporary. The nine tribes interpreted at the center include the Otoe-Missouria, Osage, Ioway, Delaware, Illinois-Peoria, Kanza (Kaw), Kickapoo, Shawnee and Sac and Fox. Symbols for all nine tribes will be on the bison hide.

From May through September, Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The center is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Van Meter State Park is located 12 miles northwest of Marshall on Highway 122. For more information, contact the park at 660- 886-7537 or call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit