PEDCO

Development and Community Engagement Division

FEATURED ARTIST

PEDCO's featured artist for December 2021 is Sierra Buffalohead.

Sierra Buffalohead is our youngest featured artist, at 16 years old.  She is an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. On her father's side she is affiliated with the Omaha Tribe of NE Nebraska.  Sierra enjoys many art forms, including drawing, painting, graphic design, ceramics, photography, videography, and slam poetry. She plans to double major in studio art and graphic design.

Sierra's philosophy is that art can be a way to preserve her Native culture, express its traditions, reclaim Native peoples' identity, celebrate connectedness, and portray Native peoples' own images. She believes that art can give Indigenous people a sense of pride, identity, and perseverance and that art can also be therapy, a way to deal with grief and trauma.  

Digital Landscape Series- Image 1

As an urban Native, with deceased parents and grandparents, I use my phone to connect with my extended family in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Ohio. With technology, I am no longer the lone Native in my physical world. I can learn about my culture, traditions, and meet other Natives like me. 

When I am in a dark place and feel isolated I can digitally connect with others to remind myself that I am not alone and I come from a long line of warriors. I see technology as a digital landscape that can create a sacred space for Native people to gather. This landscape is represented in my drawing.  The image represents our ability to create a community with technology. The jingle dress dancer is a universal figure for healing, strength, resilience, and connection. 

The government separated Indigenous people through international borders, reservations, boarding schools, and relocation. The digital age allows us to reconnect. Social media and technology help connect Native people from all generations and geographic locations to share our stories, causes, culture, traditions, grief, and talents. We can dance for healing, fight racism, and make our voices heard.

Attribution: © by Sierra Buffalohead, used with permission under license.

Bluebird on White Buffalo Hide

The bluebird is commonly depicted in Native American lore as a symbol of hope, peace, and renewal. Birds are ambassadors from the spiritual world. The bluebird’s spread wings display an embrace and acceptance. The ribbon work background is a symbol of protection, survival, and Indigenous pride.

Attribution: © by Sierra Buffalohead, used with permission under license.

Check in every month for a new Featured Artist!

February - Brenda Bogacz

March - Travis Blackbird

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