Washita Battlefield National Historic Site will be hosting its annual commemoration event on Saturday, November 27, 2010, from 10:00am-2:00pm at the park visitor center. The program will reflect on the nationally significant event during a tragic clash of cultures of the Indian Wars era, where Lt. Col. George A. Custer led the 7th U.S. Cavalry on a surprise dawn attack against the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle along the Washita River on November 27, 1868.


The theme of this event entitled Survival and Resilience Through Art, focuses on artwork of locally well known Native American artists, specializing in beadwork, paintings and woodwork. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the beautiful artwork on display, and listen to the artists as they interpret the relevant meaning and stories behind their work.


The event will highlight three highly recognized and award winning artists which include: Nathan Hart, a Cheyenne woodturner, Director of Community Affairs for the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and recipient of many national art awards;  Harvey Pratt, a traditional Cheyenne Peace Chief, nationally known Forensic Artist and 2005 Red Earth Honored One; and Gordon Yellowman, a traditional Cheyenne Peace Chief, Language Coordinator for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and the 2010 Red Earth Honored One. Three additional artists, John P. Lukavic, an archeology graduate student at the University of Oklahoma and David Ramos, a tribal employee from Watonga, Oklahoma, who will both be displaying beadwork, and B.J. Stepp, a Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College student and painter, will compliment this outstanding line-up of expert artists.


The park invites the public during this time of thanksgiving to visit, enjoy and appreciate the beauty of traditional artwork, and reflect on this important day of remembrance. The park will remain open throughout the day from 8:00am-5:00pm. The park visitor center is located one mile west of Cheyenne on Highway 47A. For more information, call 580-497-2742 or visit the park website www.nps.gov/waba.





For Immediate Release                                                                      

Contact: Frank Torres

Date: November 17, 2010