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4431 - Leaving or staying home? Native American art education in a remote area

When I did research on Native American contemporary artists and their art world in South Dakota in 2010, I realized that art education is seen as essential for the success of young artists. Artist Roger Broer (Oglala Lakota) takes the view that good artists require some background in art history and culture to be able to tell something about their artwork instead of referring to market expectations. Gerald Cournoyer (Oglala Lakota), who is also a teacher at the Oglala Lakota College in Kyle (Pine Ridge Reservation), adds that young people have to leave the state and go to the art centers like Santa Fe or New York to learn about their market/business chances independently from art education or their artistic skills.

In particular, the art department of the University of South Dakota has played an important role during the last century as Oscar Howe—the most important Sioux artist in the 20th century—taught there and established a summer school for Native adolescents. Today also most of the tribal colleges have art programs with different focuses, such as “contemporary” or “tribal” art or art marketing.

In my presentation I want to discuss the opportunities for Sioux people to receive an art education in this remote area of the United States. The paper will include historical and contemporary perspectives and attempts to provide a view for the future.

Palabras claves: North America, Native Americans, Sioux, Art Education

Autores: Lindner, Markus H. (Institut für Ethnologie, Germany / Deutschland)

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