An Evening with Vanessa Jennings: Kiowa Cradleboards, Culture, and Tradition

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
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An Evening with Vanessa Jennings: Kiowa Cradleboards, Culture, and Tradition

Kiowa elder Vanessa Jennings is the last active Kiowa cradleboard maker on the Southern Plains. Join her as she discusses her work, reflects upon the importance of cradleboards to Kiowa culture and traditions, and highlights the cradleboard of Stevetta Mopope. Stevetta was the youngest granddaughter and the favorite of Jeanette and Stephen Mopope, who was a member of the Kiowa Five and Jennings’ grandfather. Jennings would like for everyone who attends the lecture to know that this is a time to visit, listen, and to ask questions.

Vanessa Paukeigope Jennings is a Kiowa elder, who also has Kiowa-Apache and Gila River Pima ancestry. A National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, she was also named a “Living National Treasure” by the U.S. Congress. Her work is in the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Buffalo Bill Museum, Heard Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Museums of Scotland, and in private collections. She feels that her greatest honor came from the endorsements of Matthew (Mac) Whitehorse, the leader and Bustle Keeper of the O-Ho-Mah Lodge Society of the Kiowa people, as well as Frank Redbone and Wallace Redbone, leaders of the Apache Blackfeet Society.