The Osage Nation Museum held a summer kickoff event Thursday and Danette Daniels of the Water Bird Gallery said the warm-weather excitement is already flowing as Osage people are getting ready for the sacred In’Lonshka dances that are scheduled to begin Thursday at Grayhorse.
Daniels said she was extremely busy helping customers obtain the culturally appropriate clothing and accessories for the dances; items such as shawls and broadcloths and bracelets and earrings.
“It’s really all about the shawls — the beautiful shawls coming in,” Daniels said, commenting on the stirring of customer interest in being fully prepared for the dances.
But, of course, there’s always more going on at the Water Bird Gallery, located on 6th Street in Pawhuska. Daniels mentioned she was about to receive a fresh shipment of 300 signed copies of David Grann’s bestselling book “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and she’s planning to have Pawnee scholar and author Walter Echo-Hawk at her store for a book signing this summer. Daniels had also just received from Osage artist R.A. Red Corn several of her giclée prints.
Not to be left behind as summer begins, Addie Hudgins, director of the Osage Nation Visitors Center, located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and Lynn Avenue in Pawhuska, said the Visitors Center now has some 22-24 Native American artists selling their creations there. Almost all of them are Osage artists, she said. Like Daniels, she has giclée prints by R.A. Red Corn.
Another upcoming development at the Visitors Center will be the installation of a 30-foot-high neon pole sign, with an LED board under it. The exact installation date isn’t set, but that addition is coming up.
At the Osage Nation Museum, on Grandview, an exhibition titled “Paintings from the Osage Nation Museum” is set to open on June 21, Museum Director Marla Redcorn-Miller said. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. June 21, she said.
Redcorn-Miller is also planning an informal but potentially pathbreaking occasion for Osage artists in July. Themed as “A Gathering for Osage Artists,” the event is to be held the evening of July 11 at the Museum. Osage artists will be encouraged to attend, bring their favorite desserts and engage in an informal discussion over dessert and tea and coffee of various issues confronting artists.