2016 Programs at The Pawnee Arts Center

 Sunday, August 21st at 1:30 pm in the Dannebrog Fire Hall 114 East Oak St..

Nancy Gillis, Cherokee & Creek heritage and former Director of the John G. Neihardt Historical Site, will present a program on The Universal Sacred Hoop. She will be explaining and exploring the concept of the sacred hoop image from a variety of tribal traditions, including the interpretation given to John G. Neihardt by the Oglala Lakota Holy Man Black Elk. Emphasis will be on the cultural and spiritual context.

Sunday, September 11th at 1:30 pm in the Dannebrog Fire Hall 114 East Oak St.. Gerry Merck, of Cherokee descent, will present a program on her original art based on Black Indians. All five of the “Civilized Tribes” (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole) owned black slaves. And as people tend to do when they live in close proximity, they had children. Half Black, half Red. Gerry first became interested in this when, as a part of her ethical responsibility to maintain cultural sensitivity in her practice as a mental health therapist, she read about their struggle to be recognized as they embraced their blended culture. It is also the catalyst behind the sculptures and portraits she have been working on inspired by the physical beauty, pride, and intrinsic sadness she sees in the faces of Red/Black Americans. [Continue Reading…]

Stamp Your Passport at The Pawnee Arts Center

The Pawnee Arts Center - Larsen 04132016Written by Chelsea Larsen:

The Pawnee Arts Center made the cut!! The center will be among eighty Nebraska attractions on ten themed tours along Nebraska’s Passport Program. This year’s Passport Program will be helping celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

“The Passport Program encourages travelers to explore the state collecting stamps, while reconnecting with Nebraska and supporting small business and attractions,” explains Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director Kathy McKillip in the press release. “Year after year the program gains popularity. In 2015 more than 24,600 travelers collected stamps and we expect 2016’s participation to be even better.” Stop by the Pawnee Arts Center to get all the details on the program.

At the time of Dannebrog’s settlement, about 200 Pawnee made up an established village on the Middle Loup River. This population swelled to 500 by Christmas 1871. Within thirty years, the Pawnee would be completely relocated to Oklahoma. In 2007, Roger Welsch became the first white man to return his land back to the Native Americans. The Pawnee became landowners in Nebraska for the first time in over a hundred years when Welsch gave over 60 acres back to them. The previous owners of The Lil Mermaid followed suit in 2009, when they retired and deeded the building to the Pawnee Nation.[Continue Reading…]

A beautiful beaded piece

-- to hold your flutes? to keep your arrows? to hang on your wall? to REALLY impress someone for Christmas??   … [Continue reading]

Dream Catchers Galore

We now have lots of dream catchers in inventory. Let us know if you want more examples. Lots of beautiful items for your Christmas list! … [Continue reading]

Tall Navajo pot

This is another recent item -- a beautiful tall Navajo pot. The picture does not really do it justice; the incising and colors are magnificent. … [Continue reading]

Kearney PowWow

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