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Osage designer displays creations to tribal members

Wendy Ponca stirred emotions and creativity with her clothing collection at the Osage Tribal Museum, June 26.

More than 30 Osage tribal members and members of the public came to see Ponca’s collection, titled, “Wedding Clothes of the Earth and Sky People.” Her collection is her artistic interpretation of the Osage clan system and creation story.

The exhibit will be displayed throughout the month of August.

Ponca is a fiber artist and traditional clothing designer with a collection of Osage festive wear designed to enhance anyone’s wardrobe, according to a prepared release. The clothing designs are Ponca’s interpretation of the type of clothing worn by Osage people during the pre-European contact period as well as clothing worn by people who “floated down from the stars” to intermarry with the Earth people. Her work communicates her emotion and meaning behind Osage designs, according to the release.

Ponca also designed the costumes for the ballet,Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet.

Osage artist and designer, Wendy Ponca. Chalene Toehay/Osage News

The fashion show consisted of three Osage couples, five from the Grayhorse District and one from the Pawhuska District. Modeling the clothes were Madeline Pennington, Alexandra Stock, Ashley Webb, Tom Ashmore, Zackary Johnson, and Christopher Cote. Along with Ponca’s clothing, silver jewelry made by Terry Wann, Osage artist, adorned the models, according to the release.

The clothing and jewelry are still for sale at the tribal museum, as well as prints from a photography exhibit by Ponca’s daughter, Sarah Elsberry.

Ponca is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Mo., and Southwestern College, Santa Fe, N.M. Her art career has included being the director of development at the National Indian Monument & Institute in Jenks, Okla., an art instructor at University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and a professor of Fiber Arts and Design at IAIA. In 1995 Ponca was one of the four American Indian artists asked by Pendleton Woolen Mills to create a special blanket design to launch its “Hope Series.”  Profits from those four limited edition blankets were contributed to the American Indian Scholarship Fund to aid the 29 American Indian colleges. 

The fashion show was been partially funded by the Osage Nation Foundation, according to the release. 

SEE MORE PHOTOS: An Osage News Flickr photo set from Ponca’s fashion show is online at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/osagenews/sets/72157634466468234/

For more information about events at the Osage Tribal Museum, call (918) 287-5441.




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Original Publish Date: 2013-08-13 00:00:00


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