Van Meter State Park to host hide painting art project

Monday, August 23, 2010

Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center, located in Van Meter State Park, will soon showcase a complete art project with contributors from several American Indian tribes.

Saturday, Aug. 28, artist Tracy Conrad, from the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, will paint her interpretation of her tribal seal. She is the only known member of her tribe who is creating traditional and contemporary artwork.

The Peoria, the largest of the Illinois Confederacy's tribes, lived along the Illinois River and on the Des Moines River in northeast Missouri when they first met Europeans in 1673.

Each tribe interpreted at the cultural center -- Otoe-Missouria, Osage, Ioway, Delaware, Illinois-Peoria, Kanza (Kaw), Kickapoo, Shawnee and Sac and Fox -- will approve an emblem representing its people and appoint an artist to paint it on the hide.

Traditionally, American Indians painted on hides as a record of important events or to tell a story about particular aspects of their lives. The symbol can be traditional or contemporary in style.

Conrad will begin painting at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day, allowing visitors to view her work in progress.

From now through September, Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information, contact the park at 660-886-7537.

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