The Horse Nation of the Oceti Sakowin Exhibition 

Inspired by the voices and perspectives of the Šúŋka Wakȟáŋ Oyáte (Horse Nation) gathered through community informed processes, we respectfully called on the Artists of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ to represent their culture, relatives, homelands, and Oyáte by contributing original, compelling artworks purely inspired by aesthetic, not commerce, in relation to and inspired by the “Horse Nation” of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ to be exhibited on behalf of the Ikčé Oyáte (Common Nation) of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ.

The Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Exhibition will open at The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School on September 22 and travel to The Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City in the winter of 2016 and on to the The South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings through August 2017. To schedule the exhibition at your museum, please contact The Heritage Center’s director Mary Maxon at

The exhibit will expand on the (2014) film made by Keith titled We Are A Horse Nation, about the Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ. It will present an authentic voice and positive perspective regarding the people of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ and their cultural relations and philosophies of the “Horse Nation.” It will also transform current curatorial processes; from a top-down institution-led practice to a grassroots, community-influenced process.


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