News Release 208

Sac and Fox Nation will contribute to art project at Van Meter State Park

Volume 39-208 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 22, 2011 -- An American Indian symbol representing the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma will be painted for a permanent exhibit Wednesday, July 6 at Van Meter State Park near Miami. The free program will begin at 1 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

Adrian Pushetonqua, an artist and member of the Sac and Fox Nation of the Mississippi in Iowa, will come to the park's Missouri American Indian Cultural Center to paint a symbol on the bison hide. He will be working on the symbol throughout the afternoon so progress can be viewed at different stages

Traditionally, American Indians would paint symbols and pictures on a hide to record an important event or tell a story about some aspect of their life. Each tribal council will approve a simple emblem representing its people and appoint an artist to come to Missouri to paint it on the hide. The symbol can either be traditional or contemporary. The nine tribes interpreted at the center include the Otoe-Missouria, Osage, Ioway, Delaware, Illinois-Peoria, Kanza (Kaw), Kickapoo, Shawnee and Sac and Fox.

From May through September, Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The center is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Van Meter State Park is located 12 miles northwest of Marshall on Highway 122. For more information, contact the park at 660- 886-7537 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on Missouri state parks, visit