Cameron University and the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council (LAHC) are pleased to present

"Sharing The Spirit 2013-2014",


Four (4) events in the series celebrate

Native American heritage in Southwest Oklahoma


Sunday, November 3, 2-5 pm, Sharing the Spirit Kick Off, Reception and exhibition of Cameron University’s John C. Paynter Collection of Native American Art, McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex on the Cameron Campus


The late John C. Paynter donated his collection of Native American art to the Cameron University Foundation, and this event will mark the first time the collection will be displayed in its entirety. More than 75 works by 16 artists will be exhibited. Artists include Ed Hoosier, Brian Narcomey, Chad Payne, Harvey Pratt, Robert Redbird, Robert Redbird Jr., Leonard Riddles (Black Moon), Tim Saupitty, Spotted Bird, Grover Topaum, Wahkinney and Yellow Hair. It will open with Native American flute playing by Myron Beeson.


Tuesday, November 5, anthropologist Dr. Fred Schneider will present a lecture on “Native American Plant Use”, 7 pm in the Cameron University Library.


Schneider, an expert on the growth and use of traditional Native American plants, will share his knowledge of wild plants in Oklahoma as well as Northern Plains garden plants and how they were utilized by Native American tribes.



Saturday, November 16, "The Beat of Tribal Drums and the Dance of the Comanche People,” a Native American dance workshop featuring Eleanor McDaniel, Comanche artist and instructor in traditional Native American arts and crafts.


Following a presentation on the Native American Church, McDaniel will lead participants in an overview of the Gourd Dance and general powwow etiquette. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a Gourd Dance as well as social/intertribal dancing.Gordon Tahquechi will provide drum accompaniment. For the dance demonstractions, Carlene Collins will serve as Lead Head Dancer and Jared Wahkinney will serve as Head Man Dancer. Collins and Wahkinney will be attired in two sets of completely handmade apparel and accessories showcasing bead and feather work. The workshop is appropriate for ages 12 years and up. Registration fees are $10 for adults and $5.00 for students to cover cost of supplies. Students must present their ID for special rate. To register, call 581-3470/3471 or download registration form here

April 4-5, 2014, two-day creative expression workshop led by Jimmy Arterberry, Comanche scholar, historian and artist and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Comanche Nation at National Register of Historic Places located at Fort Sill, Medicine Bluffs and Adams Hill Tar Pits.


The workshop provides an opportunity to learn about Oklahoma history and culture via two sites on the National Register of Historic Places located at Fort Sill – Medicine Bluffs and Adams Hill Tar Pits. Following a field trip to those locations, participants will have the opportunity to create an interpretive piece in a medium of choice – drawing, painting, poetry, song, short story, film, beading or leatherwork – in a studio setting.


Day 1 - Friday, April 4, Part I will cover the Historic Site Visit, Field Notes and Journaling from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to examine the sites from their own creative perspective such as taking notes, photographing and journaling, and then translate that vision into a creative media.


Day 2- Saturday, April 5, Part II will cover Creative Expressions in Studio from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Studio time will be held at Old Town Hall/Carnegie Library in downtown Lawton. Each participant will create a response to their onsite experience using various media and limited art supplies available are acrylic paint, watercolor, tempera, color pencils & markers. Participants are also welcome to bring their own media and supplies such as beads, leather, basket weaving materials, etc.Previous experience with creative/artistic media is helpful but not required, and the workshop is open to all who want a better understanding of these important historic sites. This workshop is limited to 20 participants at a cost of $35 per person. Pre-registration/payment is required; to register, call 581-3470. Download form here.

For more information, contact the Arts & Humanities Division

580-581-3470, 581-3471



Links to Previous Years Programming


2011 - Sharing the Spirit at City Artwalk with Myron Beeson, Peggy Brennan, Eleanor McDaniel, Dr. Todd McDaniels Ph.d., & Harry Mithlo

Cherokee Basket Weaving Workshop w/ Peggy Brennan

Medallion Beading Workshop w/ Eleanor McDaniels

2010 - Tim Tate Nevaquya & Ali Harter in Concert

2009 - Tim Tate Nevaquya & Bobby Dale Band in Concert
2008 - Arvel Bird in Concert

2007 - Film Workshops

Tvli Jacob, Writing and Directing for Film

Chad Burris, Entertainment Law

2007 - "Ghost Dance", Reader's Theatre
2006 - Artists & Filmmakers Evening
2005 - "Sharing The Spirit", Evening of Storytelling



Jan 24, 1998 - Joy Harjo & Poetic Justice Concert,

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