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Osage youth help paint downtown Pawhuska mural with NVision

Native American artists from across the country help Osage youth paint a mural on the side of the Osage language building
Osage youth helped artists with NVision paint a mural on the side of the Osage language building in downtown Pawhuska May 14. Photo by Shannon Shaw/Osage News

The Osage Language Department hosted NVision May 14, a non-profit group made up of artists from all over Indian Country. NVision came out to help Osage youth paint a mural on the side of the Osage language building in downtown Pawhuska.

More than 20 youth participated in painting the mural, designed by Osage artist Ryan Red Corn, the mural depicts an Osage straight dancer in the middle of the Osage orthography that spells Wah.Zha.Zhi I.E., “Osage language.”

The mural has been planned for sometime and will help bring attention downtown to the Nation’s language program, said Rebekah HorseChief, language instructor and recruiter. She and other language teachers, including Veronica Pipestem, Cameron Pratt and Bill Lynn, were in attendance to help.

“It’s been a really great day and the kids are having such a great time,” HorseChief said, who was covered in paint. “We’re really thankful to these artists that are apart of NVision for taking the time out of their busy schedules to do something positive for our youth.”

NVision is a nationwide Native youth arts and leadership project. The artists who volunteer their time with NVision hold workshops in Urban Theatre, T-Shirt Making, Graffiti and Community Murals, Creative Writing, Photography, Documentary Filmmaking and Web Based Design, according to the NVision Web site. 

Founded in the summer of 2006, the mission of NVision is to empower Native youth and young adults through traditional and contemporary methods of art, media, culture and educational platforms. NVision trainers include Native men and women professionals and artists, ages 25-40, engaged in visual art, graphic and web design, film, photography, music and dance, according to the NVision Web site.

NVision holds workshops with the Nation every year.

For more information on NVision visit their Web site at


Osage Language Department
201 N Main St
Pawhuska, OK
United States


I love it. It looks great. Now if only the youth would actually attend more classes, or if the classes were held more often and for longer durations, Osage language retention would be better.