LIBRARY LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Due to construction, the Southern Oaks Library is providing curbside services only until further notice.

NOTICE:

All Metro Library locations are in the “Curbside Plus” stage. In this stage, ready holds will be delivered curbside. Customers can come into a library to use a computer or to print/copy/fax/scan. Masks are required.  Click here for more information.

All libraries will close at 5pm on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and will remain closed through Friday, Nov. 27. We will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Native American Heritage

Join us during Native American Heritage Month to honor the history and culture of indigenous people in our community!

The library is proud to host a variety of events and cultural experiences this month in honor of Native American Heritage.

 

Native American Art

Visit Metro Library's Native American online art collection featuring art from the Kiowa 6.

Between the years 1929 and 1952 French publisher C. Szwedzicki produced six portfolios containing works of North American Indian art. Edited by American scholars Oscar Jacobson, Hartley Alexander and Kenneth Chapman, each of these portfolios represents original works by 20th Century American Indian artists. Notably, one collection entitled, Les peintres indiens d'Amérique, contains paintings from the legendary Kiowa 6, a group of artists from Oklahoma who earned both national and international acclaim during the early twentieth century.

Born in Indian Territory at the outset of the 20th century, Stephen Mopope (1898–1974), Jack Hokeah (c. 1900/2–1969), Monroe Tsatoke (1904–1937), James Auchiah (1906–1974), Spencer Asah (1905/10–1954) and Lois Smoky (1907-1981) each displayed artistic promise and had been encouraged to paint by relatives, school teachers and Indian Services personnel. In 1926, the head of the University of Oklahoma art department, Oscar Jacobson, took notice and began creating a unique program for Kiowa artists. Through Jacobson’s influence, from 1928 to 1932, the Kiowa 6 exhibited their paintings at the First International Art Exposition in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and at the 1932 Venice Biennal. These exhibitions, along with a portfolio of the artists’ work titled Kiowa Indian Art, brought the group critical acclaim in America and Europe.

Many of the images were published as pochoir prints which are similar in appearance to silk screen prints. Stylistically, the works feature outlined fields of flat color with little or no indication of perspective. Such a linear, decorative style was derived in part from Plains ledger drawings and hide paintings with subject matter consisting of auto-ethnographic representations of everyday, traditional Kiowa life.

The contents of this collection are drawn from holdings of the Metropolitan Library’s Special Collections department.

 

Want to learn more?

We offer a variety of online resources to explore topics like Native American History and genealogy. Check out some of these resources to begin your research.

 

Events

PreK-5th Take Home Kit: Native Illustration Project

All Day11/30 - 12/6
Almonte Library
Library Branch: Almonte Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Almonte)
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Books & Reading
Event Description:
This take home kit is designed for children ages 3 and up to explore Native American illustrator Julie Flett and create with their parents. Kits are first come, first serve. Feel free to call ahead and check on availability! ...

Disclaimer(s)

Warning: Kit contains small parts that could represent a choking hazard. It is not intended for children under 3. It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Bag.

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.

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