Donald Danforth Jr. Lecture with David W. Penney

  • Saint Louis Art Museum One Fine Arts Drive St. Louis, MO

Sayosapa: Visionary Artist and 'Stone Doctor' of Fort Peck, Montana

David W. Penney, Associate Director of Museum Scholarship, National Museum of the American Indian
Thursday October 15, 6:30 p.m. | The Farrell Auditorium | Free

The collapse of "buffalo culture" and the imposition of colonial rule in the northern plains of the late 19th century required Indian people to adopt creative strategies in order to survive. This lecture concerns a man named Sayosapa, or "Black Prairie Chicken" (c.1850-1902), a Yu'wipi, or a "stone doctor," who reinvented himself as an artist during the early years of the Fort Peck Reservation. An internationally recognized scholar in the filed of Native American art and culture, David Penney, is the first associate director of the National Museum of the American Indian's new scholarship department.