Northern Plains Indian Art Market Exhibit returns


Augustana’s Center for Western Studies (CWS) is hosting the Northern Plains Indian Art Market Exhibit Sept. 6 to Nov. 30, 2012.

This program features the art of the Northern Plain Indian Art Market since 1988, making this year their 25th year of sharing their work. Several artists have submitted pieces of work representing different views of the Indian culture.

Harvey Rattey is one of the many artists who have an itch for the Indian culture. He grew up near the Fort Belkap Reservation near Harlem, Mont. Rattey has ranched all his life and has been a professional sculptor for over 40 years.

“I enjoy depicting my people in my bronze sculptures and bring honor to their memory,” Rattey said about his sculpture called “The Last Visit.”

His wife Pamela is also a sculptor. “The sacred ‘Indian Horse Dance Sticks’ are my favorites,” she said. “Each is a replica of ones he (Harvey) saw in museums. The Plains Indians carved them in the image of a brave horse they honored. The red marks on the carving indicate wounds the horse received during battle.”

These are just a couple of the many works that Rattey has showing in the CWS.

The exhibit gives not only Augustana students, but also the general public, a taste of other cultures.

“I think the exhibits that the CWS brings to campus have been able to give the public a unique appreciation for other cultures,” sophomore Jackie Adelmann said.

“I was able to visit the exhibit the other day and was surprised to learn so much about the Northern Plains Indian Art. I appreciate everyone’s efforts involved to provide such a great experience to Augustana,” she said.

The exhibit is free of charge, but donations are accepted and appreciated. Exhibit hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Indian-inspired artwork fills Augie’s Center for Western Studies through Nov. 30.