These artists credit their work to their indigenous heritage, while many shared their talents as art educators and expanded creativity among generations. These beautiful artworks pay homage to the cultures, histories, and memories of indigenous women. The epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women is part of the spectrum of violence experienced by women in the Native community. This crisis can be attributed to the lack of legal protections from the systematic erosion of tribal sovereignty.
Each of these artists have been recognized in with honors. Virginia Stroud, stated “I paint for my people. Art is a way for our culture to survive… perhaps the only way.” The Chambers library presents these artworks in honor of Native American Heritage month and to bring attention to violence against Native women.
The University of Central Oklahoma recognizes the university's main campus is located on the traditional lands of the Caddo and Wichita people.
Visit the UCO Land Acknowledgement website to learn more.