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National Museum of Wildlife Hosts Making Marks (Niiwoowo3onohei) with Contemporary Northern Arapaho Artist Robert Martinez

March 2, 2022

The National Museum of Wildlife Art is partnering with the Wind River Foundation for the First Sunday event, Making Marks (Niiwoowo3onohei) on Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Visitors can enjoy music by Northern Arapaho singer-songwriter Christian Wallowing Bull from 11am to 12:30pm. Wallowing Bull’s storytelling draws from his indigenous roots and he was the winner of the 2021 Wyoming Singer-Songwriter’s competition in Ten Sleep, Wyoming.

From 12:30pm to 2pm, contemporary Northern Arapaho artist Robert Martinez will hold a live painting demonstration and lead a discussion on the history of ledger art. Martinez has been awarded the Wyoming Governor’s Art Award and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Brinton Museum, Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

“The idea for this programming came from our desire to use our First Sundays platform to give more exposure to different cultures and to support underrepresented populations in the arts,” says Michelle Dickson, Director of Programs and Events. “Partnering with the Wind River Foundation was a natural gateway to bringing Martinez and Wallowing Bull into our unique community-focused event.”

There will be take-home craft bags for the first 60 families, free Tanka Stick snacks, and area locals receive free admission all day, 10am-5pm!

This event marks the last First Sunday programming of the season, and will resume again in November 2022. Area locals will continue to receive complimentary admission every first Sunday of the month throughout the summer.

First Sundays are Generously Sponsored by Bank of Jackson Hole & Lawrence Finch. This month’s special programming is made possible in partnership with the Wind River Foundation.