Welcome to the Oklahoma Native Artists Oral History Project
The Oklahoma Native Artists Project is a series of oral history interviews with Native artists, collectors, and gallery owners. The interviews are recorded in audio and video formats, and at the end of each oral history, specific examples of an artist’s work are discussed. The purpose of this project is to highlight the lives and careers of Native artists, to draw attention to the political aspects of making Native art, and to raise awareness of its cultural and economic importance. The first interviews, begun in 2010, included painters, potters, sculptors, photographers and conceptual artists over fifty years of age, most of whom had worked in the field since the 1960s. In 2012, the scope of the project was expanded to include the traditional fine arts and younger artists, and to offer digital links to individual and institutional Native art events.
We invite you to explore this web resource and to check back often as new interviews are added. For more information about this project, contact Julie Pearson-Little Thunder at 405-744-7279.