Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ

June 10, 2018 - February 3, 2019
Gallery 255
Free Exhibition

“Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ” explores how horses shape the history, spirituality, and culture of the Dakhóta, Nakhóta, and Lakȟóta (Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota) people, collectively known as the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Seven Council Fires). Horses serve as allies in hunting and in battle, but are revered for more than their utility. Horses were, and still are, recognized as relatives and are vital members of the community. The exhibition features more than 20 artworks—including paintings, textiles, film, and beadwork—by leading contemporary Native American artists.
This exhibition is part of a larger look at Horse Nation, including exhibitions at All My Relations Gallery (June 7–October 8) and Two Rivers Gallery (July 2–October 19).
Organized by The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School with support from Red Cloud Indian School, Inc., The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, South Dakota Humanities Council, Black Hills Community Foundation, Joyce Dobbert, Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, and Racing Magpie LLC