Grand Teton National Park and Tauck, the country’s first licensed tour operator, have launched an American Indian artist-in-residence program featuring traditional and contemporary Native American arts, and opportunities to interact with the participating artists.
Four American Indian artists will reside in the Wyoming park on a rotating basis now through September. They’ll have small-group visits with guests in Grand Teton on three different Tauck itineraries: “Legends of the American West,” “Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks” and “Cowboy Country.” And they’ll also give weekly presentations for the general public in the park’s Craig Thomas Discovery Visitor Center.
The “Grand Teton American Indian Artist-in-Residence program” participants are:
• Black Pinto Horse. Hailing from North Dakota, Black Pinto Horse (Monte Yellow Bird Sr.) is of the Arikara and Hidatsa tribes. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from North Dakota’s Minot State University.
• Andrea Two Bulls. A resident of South Dakota, Andrea Two Bulls is an Oglala Sioux who is best-known for her beadwork and painting.
• Kelly Looking Horse. Also from South Dakota, Kelly Looking Horse is an Oglala Lakota who crafts traditional drums and is also a gifted drummer, dancer and singer.
• DG House. DG House is a print-maker and photographer whose work is in permanent collections worldwide, including those of the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., as well as collections of Paul McCartney and Elton John.
The new program is fully underwritten by Tauck, continuing the 90-year-old firm’s longstanding support of U.S. national parks. Tauck also has a partnership with celebrated documentary maker Ken Burns, whose six-episode series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” won two 2010 Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Nonfiction Series and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming. It was produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan and written by Dayton Duncan.
National parks have featured prominently in the firm’s journeys ever since Arthur Tauck Sr.’s first tour in 1925. Then a young traveling salesman, he brought six paying guests on a 1,100-mile sales trip through New England and southeastern Canada. Tauck became America’s first licensed “tour broker” in 1935. (Burns also narrates a new video “Tauck: An American Story.”)
As Black Pinto Horse says, “…what I treasure the most is sharing First Nation culture, stories, images, colors and art to the public — watching their eyes open a little wider as they listen, look and feel.”
That’s a grand reason to enjoy the “Grand Teton American Indian Artist-in-Residence program.”
For more info: Tauck, www.tauck.com, 800-468-2825. Grand Teton National Park, www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm, Wyoming.