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Holly Young – Artist-in-Residence

July 10 @ 9:00 am - July 14 @ 3:00 pm MDT

Plains Indian Museum, Cheyenne Migration

Artist-in-Residence Holly Young

Plains Indian Museum

July 10–14
9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Holly Young, a full-time artist from Standing Rock, joins us at the Center of the West July 10–14, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. each day to demonstrate the use of her beadwork technique while chatting with visitors.

Young says, “I was raised by my grandmother in a rural area of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. We lived in a small house, seven miles from town on a few acres of land. Today, I understand how being so close to the land in my childhood has influenced my art; the memories of plants and flowers, our relationship with the land, and the healing properties that come from those.

“Just like the natural world is intertwined with life cycles and relationships dependent on survival, so is my art. I lean on my community and our traditions to inspire me. I am unable to flourish as an artist without them. The natural world has the power to regenerate itself, just like our communities. And as artists, we have the power to regenerate our traditions.

Artist-in-Residence Holly Young
Artist-in-Residence Holly Young

“I have a passion for traditional Dakota floral styles and designs and have been committed to preserving and sharing these art forms and lifeways. Through art, I affirm myself as a Dakota woman and mother by practicing Winyan Omniciye, the circle of sharing knowledge. What you learn, you give back.

“As a Dakota artist, my work embodies the love, patience, resiliency, and beauty of my ancestors’ legacies and the land that has provided since time immemorial. I use the traditional styles of Dakota beadwork, quillwork, and ledger art to be a seed from which my vision grows.”


July 10 @ 9:00 am MDT
July 14 @ 3:00 pm MDT
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