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Kiowa artist to present free program

September 15, 2010 by Randy Keck

Frank Geionety will be at Museum of the Americas on Sept. 25

Special to The Community News: Frank Geionety, Kiowa artist, will present a program at the Museum of the Americas on Sept. 25.Frank Geionety, Kiowa artist and storyteller, will present a program of story telling and songs, and a discussion of Kiowa traditions at the Museum of the Americas in Weatherford on Saturday, Sept. 25. The first presentation will be at 1 p.m., and will be repeated at the opening reception 7-9 p.m. An exhibit of his original works of art and prints will be on display.

Geionety will show traditional crafts, demonstrate the way a sense of family is essential to a strong cultural heritage, and offer his own artistic vision. He will sing the legends and tales in his native language (Kiowa) and then render them into English. Dressed in dance regalia, his presentation is both a step back in time and a contemporary vision of his heritage. What he does energizes the Kiowa traditional culture.

Geionety was born in southwest Oklahoma in 1956 and graduated from Mountain View High School in 1976. From high school he went to Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas, but finished his two-year degree at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado. Never abandoning his art, he has worked in security for the American Indian Movement and as a wildland fire fighter, joining fellow Kiowa and Apache from Oklahoma. He has been a member of the Kiowa Gourd Clan since 1975.

As an artist Geionety works in a number of media: graphics, acrylics, oils, free hand-drawing, and portraits. In addition, he does feather work (fans, gourds, bustles). He is particularly keen on painted hides with natural pigments.

The Kiowa maintain a strong heritage. On July 4 each year the Kiowa Gourd Clan gathers in ceremonial dance in Carnegie, Oklahoma. The focus is upon language, tradition and culture. One manifestation of cultural perspective is the pledges from the dancers of a beef, sacks of flour or money for the next encampment. These pledges will serve as the commissary for the gathering a year hence. These pledges are not solely for the Kiowa, but are pledged to feed even the guests of the tribe. Indeed, for a non-Kiowa to sit under the arbor watching the dancers is to evoke invitation to dinner or lunch with people never before met, now new friends.

The exhibit runs from Sept. 25 – Oct 16 at the Museum of the Americas, 216 Fort Worth Hwy. in Weatherford. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Satursdays. Admission is free. For more information, call 817-341-8668, or visit Group talks can be arranged. Art works will be available for purchase.

Sports Calendar

Monday, March 30

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Burleson, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Burleson at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, 7:00 pm., Rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday.
    *District Games

Tuesday, March 31

  • Aledo JV at Brock, 4:00 pm.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

Thursday, April 2

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Cleburne

  • Aledo Ladycats at Joshua, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Burleson Hughes at Burleson High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 3

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Granbury at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Granbury, 5:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, April 6

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Cleburne, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Cleburne at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

Tuesday, April 7

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at District 8-5A Golf Tournament at Squaw Valley Golf Course, Glen Rose.

  • Aledo Middle School at District, Hall

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Burleson Centennial at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Cleburne, 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, April 9

  • Aledo Varsity at District Tournament at TCU, all day

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