Chickasaw Nation’s Goddard Center to Host Reception with World-class Native Artists

ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA – The unique fabric of American Indian artisans — considered by critics to be world-class — will be woven together November 23 at the Goddard Center, a premiere art gallery of the southwest.

Nationally celebrated textile artist Margaret Roach Wheeler and internationally acclaimed musicians Injunuity will be on hand to close out Wheeler’s three-week exhibition here as part of the Goddard Center’s showcase during National Native American Month.

Wheeler is one of the few Native American weavers and textile artists who weaves her own cloth and then creates unique Native American-themed fashions, particularly Chickasaw historical pieces from 1000 AD to the 1900s.

Wheeler’s weavings have been featured in museums in Oklahoma, New Mexico, New York, Colorado, Indiana and Arizona. She was one of four Native American fashion designers selected to speak at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York. She was also one of the recipients of the artist-in-residence program for the National Museum of the American Indian. Her work was exhibited in “Changing Hands II” at the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

Injunuity’s concert will begin the festivities at 7 p.m. The band features Native American musicians Jeff Carpenter, guitar, and Brad Clonch, Native flute. The pair have recently been featured on “Native America Calling” a nationally telecast radio program, and were the marquee headline performers at a concert in Switzerland this summer. Both are Native American Music Award winners. They released their fourth compact disc this year and signed a national recording contract with Canyon Records, a Phoenix firm specializing in Native music.

Injunuity’s concert on November 23 will be followed by a closing art reception for Wheeler.

The concert and reception are free and open to the public, but reservations for the event are required. Reservations may be made by phoning the center at 580-226-0909. More information on both events is available by visiting the center’s website

The Goddard Center is located at 401 1st S.W. in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Both the Wheeler Exhibition and the Injunuity performance are made possible by a co-sponsorship between the Goddard Center and the Chickasaw Nation.

Nationally celebrated textile artist Margaret Roach Wheele

Nationally celebrated textile artist Margaret Roach Wheele

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