Cherokee artist Boney Jr. showing work in solo exhibit

BY STAFF REPORTS
09/05/2013 08:41 AM
ANADARKO, Okla. – A special solo exhibition of contemporary art including paintings, drawings and mixed media art created by Cherokee artist Roy Boney Jr. is on display through Sept. 21 at the Rosemary Ellison Gallery inside the Southern Plains Indian Museum.

Boney is a full-blood citizen of the Cherokee Nation and works for the CN Education Services as language technology specialist. He has won awards and honors for his art and has exhibited across the country and internationally, including Art en Capital Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l’Eau held in the historic Grand Palais in Paris, France.

The exhibit features a collection of art that is based in Cherokee stories, language and tradition combined with contemporary elements such as science fiction and rock music.

One painting titled (Live Long and Prosper) features Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee syllabary, holding his hand up in the familiar “V” gesture that Spock used in the Star Trek series of television shows and films. Another painting titled “A Trip to the Moon” takes the Cherokee story of the frog swallowing the moon during an eclipse and incorporates the famous image of a rocket crash-landed into the Man in the Moon’s eye from silent film “A Trip to the Moon.” Other pieces, such as ‘When She Twirls Her Apron Strange Things Happen,” do not reference classic science fiction but rather tells a family story of a shape shifter.

Boney considers his art to be an act of storytelling.

“I am an artist and a Cherokee,” Boney said. “For me the two are intertwined. I cannot separate one from the other. The reason I make art is to tell the stories I heard growing up and to incorporate them into my contemporary interests and lifestyle. Cherokees as a people have always evolved and grown with the times. I want my art to do the same.”

He added that he is honored to have an exhibition at the Southern Plains Indian Museum.

“As a Cherokee artist, I understand how important the museum for Native artists. Nearly all the towering figures in Native art have exhibited here such as T.C. Canon and Allan Houser. It has a long history of exhibiting Native artists, and I am humbled to have been offered the invitation for an exhibition,” he said.

For questions about the exhibition and museum, email Bambi Allen at bambi_allen@ios.doi.gov
or call 405-247-6221.

The museum displays richly varied arts of western Oklahoma tribal peoples, including the Kiowa, Comanche, Kiowa-Apache, Southern Cheyenne, Southern Arapaho, Wichita, Caddo, Delaware and Fort Still Apache. Their historic clothing, shields, weapons, baby carriers and toys highlight the exhibits.

The museum was founded in 1947-48 through federal and Oklahoma state governments’ cooperative efforts.
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Anadarko, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎤᏤᏟᏓ ᎤᏩᏌ ᎤᏝᎾᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎪᎯᏊ ᎢᏴ ᏥᎩ ᏧᏑᏫᏓ, ᏧᏟᎶᏔᏅᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎵᏍᏔᏅ media ᏧᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ Roy Boney Jr. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏭᏠᎾᎢ ᏚᎵᏍᏗ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏌᏊᎯᏳ ᎯᏣᎳᎩᎯᏓ ᎾᎿ Rosemary Ellison Gallery ᎭᏫᎾᏗᏢ ᎤᎦᎾᏮ Plains Indain Museem.

Boney ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᎵ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎨᎳ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᎷᎬ. ᏧᏓᏒᏅᏃ ᏓᏌᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎦᎵᎡᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏧᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏗᎬᏩᏓᏗᏫᏍᏗ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎬᎾᏛᎢ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ Art en Capital Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture a` l` Eau ᎤᏍᏆᎸᎲ ᎾᎿ historic Grand Palais in Paris, France.

ᎯᎠ ᎤᏝᎾᎥ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏟᏌᏅ ᏧᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏗᎳᏏᏛ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎦᏃᎮᏢᏅ, ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎪᎯᎩ ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᏔᏅ ᏗᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏃᏊ ᎨᏒ ᎢᏧᏓᎴ ᏯᏛᎾ science fiction ᎠᎴ rock music.

ᏌᏊ ᎠᏑᏫᏒᎢ ᏗᎪᏓ “ ᎪᎯᏓ ᎠᎴᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ)” ᎧᏃᎮᎯ ᏏᏉᏯ, ᏧᏬᏢᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏚᏃᏴᎬ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ, ᎤᏌᎳᏓ ᎤᏬᏱᏂ ᎤᏠᏯ “Ꮩ” Spock ᎤᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ Star Trek ᎠᏓᏴᎵᏛᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏓᏴᎵᏙᏗᎢ. ᏐᎢ ᎤᏑᏫᏓ ᏧᏬᏓ “ᎫᏚᏩ ᏅᏙ ᏒᏃᏱ ᎡᎯ” ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏩᎶᏏ ᏣᎩᏍᎬ ᏅᏙ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏅᏙ ᏣᏲᎶᎪ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎵᏏᎲᏍᎪ ᏓᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏓᏃᏤᏟ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ rocket ᏧᏬᎭᏎ ᏧᏟᏗᏤ ᏅᏙ ᎠᎦᏙᎵ ᎤᎪᎲᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎡᏠᏪ ᎠᏓᏴᎵᏛᏍᎩ “ᏧᏁᎳᏕ ᏅᏓ ᏗᎧᎸ ᏧᏪᏅᏎᎢ.” ᏗᏐᎢ, ᏯᏛᎾ ‘ᏳᏕᏯᎳ ᎤᏠᏌᏛ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎪ,” Ꮭ ᏳᏩᏎᎯ Science fiction ᎾᏍᎩᏂ ᎧᏃᎮ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᏓ ᎬᎾᏤᎸᏍᎩ.

Boney ᏱᏚᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏍᎪ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᏢᏅᎢ.

“ᏗᎦᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏥᏣᎳᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Boney. “ ᎠᏯᏃ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏓᎵᎪᎲᏍᎦ. Ꮭ ᏱᏗᎦᎦᎴᏅᏓ ᏌᏊ ᎾᏃ ᏐᎢ. ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬ ᏱᏓᏆᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎪ ᏓᏆᏛᎦᏅ ᎠᏆᏛᏏᏗᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏓᏆᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏂᏕᎬᏗᏍᎪ ᏃᏊ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏙᎲᎢ. ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᏎ ᎠᏂᎾᏄᎪᎪ ᎠᎴ ᏓᎾᏛᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᎬᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᏕᎦᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎬ ᎢᏠᏯ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ.”

ᎤᏩᏉᎥ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᎬᏩᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏧᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎦᎾᏮ Plains ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏔᏅᎲᏍᏗᎢ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎦᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ, ᎪᎵᎪ ᏄᎵᏍᎨᏗᏴ ᎾᎿ Museum ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ. ᏂᎦᏓᏊ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎢᎾ ᎢᏗᏥᏘ ᏧᏃᏢᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᎬᏃ ᎤᏂᎾᎣ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏧᎾᏙᎥᏓ T.C.Canon ᎠᎴ Allan Houser. ᎪᎯᎦ ᎾᏂᏃᎮᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎾᏅᏁᎲ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᎦᎵᎡᎵᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎬᏬᏎᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎠᎩᏝᏅᏗ ᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏗᏆᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ.

ᎠᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏝᏅᎥ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏔᏅᎲᏍᏗ, email Bambi Allen at bambi_allen@ios.doi.gov or call 405-247-6221.

ᎾᎿ museum ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏓᏅ ᎤᎪᏗ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏕᎵᎬ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ Kiowa, Comanche, Kiowa-Apache, Southern Cheyenne, Southern Arapaho, Wichita, Caddo, Delawares ᎠᎴ Fort Sill Apache. ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏓᎾᎾᏬᏍᎬ, ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎦᏍᏙᏗ, ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏙᏗ, ᏧᎾᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏲᏙᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏙᎢ.
ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏔᏅᎲᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏁᏍᎨᎲᎢ ᏐᏁᎳᏛ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᏩᏥᏂ ᎠᎴ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎾᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙ ᎠᏂᏅᎢ ᏚᎾᎵᎪᏒ ᏓᎾᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᎾ.

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