Osage Nation Leaders & Artists in Conversation
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Osage Nation Leaders & Artists in Conversation

Perspectives on the landmark film "Killers of the Flower Moon"
January 16, 2024

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Public Talk season. This is an archived view.

Guests from the Osage Nation share their experience in shaping the film and the impact they hope it will have.

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This winter we are delighted to welcome guests from the Osage Nation—cultural consultant Marla Redcorn-Miller '89 (joining virtually), TJ Redcorn from the art department, assistant creative director Addie Roanhorse (joining virtually), actor and consultant Yancey Red Corn (joining virtually), and artist Yatika Fields discuss the film Killers of the Flower Moon and questions around art and sovereignty.

Based on David Grann's bestseller, Killers of the Flower Moon depicts the Osage Reign of Terror, a period in the 1920s when Osage were exploited and murdered for control of their land and oil rights. Given this subject matter, there is campus-wide interest in exploring how the film fits in with the historical record, issues surrounding who is allowed to control energy resources, and how we go about representing and unpacking stories about Indigenous people in ways that honor their cultures.

Members of the Osage Nation worked extensively with director Martin Scorsese to ensure the tribe was depicted accurately and to promote Osage culture in filming and production. Addie Roanhorse served as assistant creative director. TJ Redcorn worked in the art department, artist Marla Redcorn-Miller '89 was a cultural consultant on the film and actor Yancey Red Corn portrayed Chief Bonnicastle. Together they will discuss their role in helping to shape the film, their perspective on the events portrayed and the impact they hope Killers of the Flower Moon will have. Osage artist Yatika Fields, whose work is on display at the Hood Museum, will also join the conversation.

The event will begin with a reception (refreshments will be served), followed by the panel conversation moderated by Jami Powell (Curator of Indigenous Art at Dartmouth's Hood Museum) and Q&A with the audience.

This event and residency, including class visits, meals and meetings with students, is made possible through the generosity of Dan Bernstein '87 and Claire Foerster, and campus-wide co-sponsors including the Office of the President, Hopkins Center for the Arts, the Hood Museum of Art, Office of the Provost, Department of Native American & Indigenous Studies, Irving Institute for Energy and Society and the Dartmouth Libraries.

Dartmouth is situated upon the ancestral and unceded lands of the Abenaki people. This acknowledgment reminds us of the significance of place, the continued existence of Indigenous people and Dartmouth's commitment to building respectful relationships with those who call these lands home today.

 

Addie Roanhorse
Addie Roanhorse is a multidisciplinary artist residing on the Osage Nation Reservation, a place rooted in artistic expression. The mother and daughter of artists, Roanhorse identifies as a conduit of history to future generations in order to protect and preserve Indigenous culture. As an artist, photographer and graphic designer, much of her work crosses disciplines resulting in mixed media, murals, and textiles. Roanhorse holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Visual Arts and Graphic Design. Early work can be seen at Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Osage Nation Foundation Pendleton Blanket and the Momentary in Bentonville, AR. While working as the senior graphic designer for Osage Nation, Roanhorse created culturally relevant branding, public health messages throughout the pandemic and also served as interim director at the Osage Nation Museum. Most recently, her practice expanded into film when she was appointed by Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear as the Osage Nation Ambassador for the movie "Killers of the Flower Moon" directed by Martin Scorsese. Roanhorse worked in the film's Art Department as one of the Assistant Art Directors and Osage Consultant. This work has placed Roanhorse at the forefront of groundbreaking Indigenous representation advancing in the entertainment industry today. As an entrepreneur deeply committed to supporting Native artists, she owns the Big Rain Gallery in Pawhuska, OK. Big Rain Gallery is focused on providing and holding space for Native artists to tell their own stories.

Marla Redcorn-Miller '89
Marla Redcorn-Miller is the director of the Osage Nation Museum in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. She is from the Pawhuska District and is the daughter of Jim Redcorn and Joby Henry Redcorn. She was raised in the Red Stone Kiowa community by her mother Joby and her grandmother Mary Keahbone Henry. Her interest in art and the museum field stems from her upbringing in this tribal community as well as from the influence of her father who was a prominent Osage artist. Throughout her career, she has held positions in museums with significant Native North American art collections including:  the deputy director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, New Mexico; education curator for the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has more than twenty-five years experience in developing interpretive programming on indigenous arts and culture related subjects. In her work, she endeavors to apply tribal community-based knowledge systems as a foundation for understanding indigenous arts and culture. Marla has a B.A. in art history from Dartmouth College and an M.Phil. in art history from Columbia University. She is a Ford Fellow and has served on the boards of the Native American Arts Studies Association, the Santa Fe Children's Museum, and Osage County Tourism Board. She does Osage ribbonwork and is a cook for her family camp during the annual Inlonschka. Marla and her daughter Lanora live in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. 

Yancey Red Corn
Yancey Red Corn is a member of the Osage Nation and a descendant of the Caddo and Potawatomi Nations. Yancey, an actor, is currently in a principally speaking role in Martin Scorsese's movie Killers of the Flower Moon as Chief Bonnicastle the Chief of the Osage Nation in the 1920s. Yancey was privileged to act in scenes with the legends Leo Dicaprio  Robert Deniro, Jessie Plemons and the incredibly talented Lily Gladstone. Scorsese chose Yancey to accompany him on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2023. 

Scorsese announced at the post-premiere Cannes Film Festival 2023 that he hoped Charles H. Red Corn's novel A Pipe for February would be made into a film or TV series. Yancey has extensive knowledge of the Osage traditions and was selected as one of many Osage cultural consultants for the movie Killers of the Flower Moon. Yancey, a SAG-AFTRA member is a producer/writer, on the adaptation of his father Charles H. Red Corn's novel A Pipe for February for audio, stage, film, and television, collaborating with his sister Dr. Moira Red Corn, his son Miles Thorpe Red Corn and his mom the artist Jeri Red Corn.  

Other roles include Preacher Paul, in episode ten, season three in the FX TV series Reservation Dogs produced by Taika Waititi and directed by Sterlin Harjo. He was on stage as Chief Bromden in the play One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest at the Oklahoma City Civic Center. He recently finished filming a short film Other Plans. He has also done various commercials and readings, along with many speaking engagements. 

Yancey is a Name Giver in his Osage clan the Tzi-Zhu-Wah-Schtah-Gi (Peace Maker Clan) which this right was passed down by his father Charles H. Red Corn, who received the right from Wakon Iron. The name giving ceremony is the oldest ceremony in the Osage Nation going back centuries.  Mr. Red Corn has participated in his yearly Osage I'n-Lon-Schka ceremonial dances since 1966 when he was two and a half years old. 

Mr. Red Corn was a member of the University of Oklahoma Rugby Team in his undergraduate days achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma where he later continued his studies specializing in Federal Indian Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. 

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