Buffalo Nation: Creating Community

Saturday, Nov 13, 2021
2pm EST/11am PST
Workshop: 60 min

Partner Session + Marquee Contribution
Curated by Racing Magpie
Led by Keith BraveHeart

Buffalo Nation: Creating Community is a community-engaged arts initiative with a conceptual structure component based upon Northern Plains Indigenous culture and identity. For the Common Field 2021 Convening, project audiences will engage with Lakota artist Keith BraveHeart to create small paper buffalo skulls (“Pte Oyate”) which reference the historical context surrounding the near extinction of the buffalo in the late 1880s. This workshop will also include critical conversation around transference of cultural knowledge and context.

Instructions for creating the skulls, as well as paper material, can be found in the mailed Marquee Project for 2021 Convening attendees.


Keith BraveHeart is a multimedia artist working primarily in painting, film, and community-engagement. He is a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe (Titonwan; Oceti Sakowin) and grew up on the Pine Ridge reservation in the community of Medicine Root (Kyle, SD). BraveHeart attended the Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and received his MFA from the University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD). He is an active contemporary Lakota artist and arts educator, currently holding the position of art instructor at the Oglala Lakota College. BraveHeart is committed to enriching and encouraging a Lakota arts continuum.