September 28, 2008

Remembering Wounded Knee's victims

Arthur Short BullArthur Short Bull is a brilliant watercolorist whose vision strives to capture the spirit of his Oglala heritage. He has spent the last 14 years attempting self-sufficiency as an artist and gallery owner. “What I hope to achieve through my work is to help others see and experience the spirit that exists in all things,” states Short Bull.

Arthur’s project involves utilizing his Wounded Knee series of paintings and poems as a vehicle to promote Lakota culture and history. He intends to develop this series as an educational tool to reach out to the Native community, primarily the youth, to increase their knowledge of Native history, especially in regards to Wounded Knee.
Indian Art Market puts talent from tribes on displayArthur Short Bull, an Oglala Lakota artist from Alma, Kan., has set himself to a Sistine Chapel-like task of painting an image and writing a poem representing each victim of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre.

He's got about 120 done.

He has about 180 to go.

"They're super-emotional," he says. "I'll do one and get enraged and want to kill someone. I'll do one and get depressed and want to kill myself."

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