Kiowa Tribe team with Smithsonian for exhibit of masks, photographs
CARNEGIE The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History will team with the Kiowa Tribe for a special public presentation Saturday and Sunday.
The presentation, at Red Buffalo Hall at the tribal complex in Carnegie, will include the sharing of a face cast of Delos K. Lone Wolf with the Kiowa Tribe, said Keith Vasquez, Kiowa Tribe information officer.
Photographs of other Kiowa individuals that had live face molds, casts or busts made will also be shown: Isa-Tah (White Horse), Wo-How (Beef), Ta-Na-Ti (Bad Eye), So-Gau-Se (Double Vision), Sa-A-Mi-A-Da (Bear in the Clouds), Gui-pah-gho (Lone Wolf the elder), Zo-Tom (Biter), On-Ke-Ent (Ankle), Ohet-Toint (High Forehead), E-Ta-Die-Uh (Boy), Zo-Pe-He (Toothless), Tsah-Die-Tah (White Goose), Zone-Ke-Uh (Teeth), Beah-Ko (Old Man), Ta-Na-Ke-Uh (Good Talk), Koba Wild Horse), Mau-Ko-Peh (Flat Nose), Au-Lih (Wise), Ko-Ho (Club Foot), Too-Sape (Buffalo with hole in its ear), Emahu-A (Delos K Lone Wolf), and the two with unknown Native names are Pedro, and Mrs. Ida Lone Wolf.
"There was another individual that was listed as a Kiowa warrior and also a Cheyenne," Vasquez said. "Records show he had a Cheyenne father and Pawnee mother. He had lived with the Kiowa for 14 years and was 25 years old in 1877. He was Tsait-Kope-Ta (Bear Mountains)."
The event begins with a light lunch around 11 a.m. Saturday. The ceremony that follows will begin at 1 p.m.
Kiowa Vice Chairman Charles Eisenberger will speak on behalf of the tribe and make the introductions for the speakers.
Larry Taylor, a fellow at the Smithsonian, will present a slide show about research of the molds, casts and busts that has been ongoing for 14 years. A history as well as photographs will be shown of 23 individuals who had live face molds, casts or busts created; 21 of those individuals from the Fort Marion prisoner group, Vasquez said.
David R. Hunt, collections manager of physical anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, will talk about the history and making of the face casts, exhibit busts in the collections and speak of his working relationship with Taylor. He will also discuss the production of three-dimensional imaging of the objects and 3-D printing of the face casts.
Gwyneira Isaac, director of Recovering Voices and curator of North American ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History,will speak about the Recovering Voices program and her current research related to how the human form is duplicated throughout collections at the Smithsonian Institution, Vasquez said. Kate Clark, director of parkeology and research assistant to Isaac, will speak about the production of a documentary film about the Kiowa and Osage face casts and their relationship to the collections at the Smithsonian.