Oklahoma Genocide: Massacre at Washita River

Featuring artwork from eight Native American artists – George Levi, Halcyon Levi, Harvey Pratt, Robert Martinez, Gordon Yellowman, Michael Elizondo, Matt Learned, and Brent Learned.

Open date

September 29, 2022

Close date

December 15, 2022

Exhibit type

Virtual
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Featuring artwork from eight Native American artists, Oklahoma Genocide: Massacre at Washita River explores the history of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes as well as the horrific truth of what occurred the morning of November 27, 1868, when Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer attacked the sleeping Cheyenne village of Chief Black Kettle. Contributing artists include George Levi, Halcyon Levi, Harvey Pratt, Robert Martinez, Gordon Yellowman, Michael Elizondo, Matt Learned, and Brent Learned who also curated the exhibit.

"As an artist that is Cheyenne and Arapaho, I feel that I must use my art tell the many stories of our people, a story that was often cut short by attacks on us by the US Army, Territorial Militias by genocide and land theft. Cheyenne and Arapaho art is among the most beautiful art that has ever been created, and it all tells a story. That is what I strive to do with my art." 

-George Curtis Levi, a member of the Southern Band of the Cheyenne Nation. He is also Southern Arapaho and Oglala Lakota.

As a young, Cheyenne Woman, I feel it is imperative to use my art as a way to tell the story of the Cheyenne Peoples' struggle that day at Washita. It was a horrible day, but the strength of the people showed that day and days afterward...

-Walks with the Wind Woman aka Halcyon Grace Levi, Southern Cheyenne

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