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Colleen Cutschall, The Stargate Codices

Colleen Cutschall, The Stargate Codices. February 2002    

Colleen Cutshcall began her training with noted painter Oscar Howe in the late 1960s.  Graduating with a B.F.A. from Barat College in Illinois in 11973, and a M.S. Ed. from Black Hills State College in 1976, she has taught and worked extensively in integrated curriculum development.  Primarily a painter, Cutschall has also developed a technique which replicates elaborate beadwork and often works in installation. Cutschall uses both natural and new materials and her research into First Nations ritual, cosmology, mythology, astronomy and current issues are developed into works intended to educate and lay the critical foundations for a globally sustainable future.  Her work is inspired by a distinctly Lakota world view and enhanced by the exploration of other cultures and religions.  Stargates and portals mediates between the traditional beliefs of a people and the uncertainty of histories past and future.

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