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The Village Library parking lot is currently under construction. The library is open for business and curbside pickup is available all day.

The Ralph Ellison Library is open reduced hours for Grab & Go service! We are open Mon-Sat from 9a-5p and Sun 1p-6p.

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

Art Around the World 2: Ukraine - Cross Stitch

12/6 @ 9:30am
to
12/10 @ 4:30pm
Wright Library
Registration
Library Branch: Wright Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Wright)
Age Group: Kids, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Cultural Experiences, DIY & Hobbies, Family Programs, Take-Home Kit
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Description:
Let's take our next trip around the world - through art! Each monthly Art Around the World Take and Make Kits highlights a different type of folk art from countries, territories, and people around the world. For December, we will be “traveling” t...

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.

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

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

Art Around the World 2: Nepal - Palm Leaf Manuscripts

1/10 @ 9:30am
to
1/14 @ 4:30pm
Wright Library
Registration
Library Branch: Wright Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Wright)
Age Group: Kids, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Cultural Experiences, DIY & Hobbies, Family Programs, Take-Home Kit
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 20
Event Description:
Let's take our next trip around the world - through art! Each monthly Art Around the World Take and Make Kits highlights a different type of folk art from countries, territories, and people around the world. For January, we will be “traveling” to...

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.

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

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

Researching Your Native American Ancestry

January 29, 2023
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Belle Isle Library
Library Branch: Belle Isle Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Belle Isle)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Cultural Experiences, DIY & Hobbies
Event Description:
Is there a story in your family about Native American ancestry? Join us as we explore records relating to Native Americans in Oklahoma, including the Dawes Roll. The Dawes Rolls are the lists of individuals who were accepted as eligible for tribal m...
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