Arrow Rock welcomes Native American Artist Joe Don Brave
Native American Artist Joe Don Brave will be the featured presenter for the Friends of Arrow Rock’s First Saturday Lecture Series at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitors’ Center. The presentation and reception mark the opening of an exhibit of Brave’s artwork that will run until June.
Brave is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma. He studied art at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. He has been a museum technician and a curator at the Osage Nation Museum – the oldest tribal museum in the United States – and has worked at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute in New York City. Recently he represented the Osage Nation at the dedication of a new American section in the Muséum De Rouen – Musee d'Histoire Naturelle in Rouen, France.
During his lecture, Brave will speak about his artwork, which is influenced by his Osage heritage, and the emotions, environment and the experiences he has had while traveling around the country and listening to his tribal elders. He resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with his wife, Rebecca, and son Preston.
This one-hour presentation is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.
Upcoming First Saturday presentations include “The Social History of Knitting,” by Nancy Blossom on May 5; “Jesse James, Jo Shelby and the War After the War,” by Aaron Barnhart on June 2, and “Fiddler’s Dream: Missouri’s Continuing Heritage of Traditional Fiddle and Dance Music” by Howard Marshall.
The Friends of Arrow Rock’s 2018 First Saturday Lecture Series is funded through a special gift from Pamela Parsons, former Friends of Arrow Rock education director. The exhibit of Joe Don Brave’s artwork is sponsored by the Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Missouri Department of Natural Resources.