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An example of Native American ledger art.
An example of Native American ledger art.
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January 26, 2016

Rapid City Area Artists To Be Featured In Smithsonian Exhibit

Beginning on March 12, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York City will feature art from five Rapid City area artists, including Martin E. Red Bear, Dwayne Wilcox, Lauren Good Day Giago, Joel Pulliam and Jim Yellowhawk.

According to a Rapid City Journal article, the exhibit will be called Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains, and will focus on the histories and traditions of Native American narrative art in the Great Plains area. The Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains exhibit will run through December.

The traditional canvases in the 1800s for Native American narrative art were buffalo hide, clothing and teepees. When European settlers arrived, Native Americans used the European ledger books as a new way to document their art. Ledger art focused on daily life on the plains, as well as important historical events. 

For more information on arts and culture in Rapid City, visit our online news archives.

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