Amiotte, Arthur (Douglas) 1942-

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AMIOTTE, Arthur (Douglas) 1942-

PERSONAL: Born March 25, 1942, in Pine Ridge, SD; received name Warpa Tanka Kuciyela, 1942; received name Wanbli Hocoka Waste, 1972. Education: Northern State College (now University), Aberdeen, SD, B.S., 1964; graduate study at University of Oklahoma, University of South Dakota, and Pennsylvania State University; University of Montana, M.I.S., 1983; also studied at Institute of American Indian Art.

ADDRESSES: Offıce—c/o Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

CAREER: Worked as art teacher at public schools and lecturer on art and Lakota history, religion, and culture, 1964-71; U.S. Department of the Interior, director of curriculum development at Aberdeen Area Office, 1971-74; worked as instructor in Lakota studies, 1975-80; Standing Rock Community College, Fort Yates, ND, chair of Lakota Studies Department, 1978-82; Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, professor of Native studies, beginning 1982. Painter, illustrator, and designer of logos, book covers, and posters, 1979—. Smithsonian Institution, curator at Museum of Natural History, 1991; Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY, member of board of trustees, 1992; Commission for Indian Memorial, Little Big Horn, MT, member, 1994; National Museum of the American Indian, member of Indian advisory committee, 1995; Institute of American Indian Arts, member, council of regents; member of presidential advisory council for the Performing Arts, Indian Arts and Crafts Board and National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts; Artists at Giverny Program, fellow, 1997. Exhibitions: Work represented in dozens of solo and group exhibitions, including Akta Lakota Museum, 1990-91, Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, 1992-93, American Indian Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA, 1993-96, National Museum of the American Indian, 1994-95, and at American Art Gallery, New York, NY, Galleria del sol Crafts Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, Fairtree Crafts Gallery, New York, NY, Hand and the Spirit Crafts Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, and Via Gambaro Gallery, Washington, DC; work represented in collections throughout the United States, including Haffenreffer Museum, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Museum of Natural History, New York Port Authority, and Whitney Gallery of Western Art.

MEMBER: National Native American Art Studies Association (member of board of directors).

AWARDS, HONORS: D.Lakota studies, Oglala Lakota College, 1988; award for outstanding contribution to South Dakota history, Augustana College Dakota History Conference and Center for Western Studies, 1992; Getty Foundation grant, 1993; LL.D., Brandon University, 1994.


(Compiler, with Myles Libhart, and contributor) Photographs and Poems by Sioux Children from the Porcupine Day School, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, Tipi Shop, Sioux Indian Museum (Rapid City, SD), 1971.

Contributor to books, including foreword to The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk's Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux, by Joseph Epes Brown, University of Oklahoma Press (Norman, OK), 1983; Sioux Indian Religion, edited by Raymond DeMallie and Douglas Parks, University of Oklahoma Press (Norman, OK), 1985; An Illustrated History of the Arts of South Dakota, Center for Western Studies, Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD), 1989; I Become Part of It, edited by D. M. Dooling and Paul Jordan, Parabola Books (New York, NY), 1989; and Spirit Beings and Sun Dancers: Black Hawk's Vision of the Lakota World, by Janet Catherine Berlo, George Braziller (New York, NY), 2001. Contributor to periodicals, including Parabola.



St. James Guide to Native North American Artists, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1998, pp. 15-19.

This Path We Travel: Celebrations of ContemporaryNative American Creativity, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), 1994.


American Indian Art, Volume 10, number 2, 1985, Barbara Loeb, "Arthur Amiotte's Banners."

Christian Science Monitor, August 11, 1987, Hattie Clark, "Art That Spans Two Cultures."

Inside the Black Hills, fall, 1990, Marguerite Mullaney, "Inside Arthur Amiotte."


Lakota Sacred Traditions (documentary film), British Broadcasting Corp., 1992.

Museum of Natural History (documentary film), Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), 1993.

Somewhere, Sometime: Tribal Arts 1989 (documentary film), South Dakota Public Television, 1989.*