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Héčhetu Welo is all that Lakota artist, Dwayne Wilcox has to say. Learn about the beginnings, early life, and inspiration Dwayne experienced growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
“It’s not what kind of artist you are, but what kind of art do you want people to see.” – Dwayne Wilcox
Dwayne “Chuck” Wilcox has been a full-time artist since 1987, but has always been a lifelong producer of art. While he has no formal art training, Chuck had his first commissioned art piece in 1974, which eventually lead to a full time career.
Chuck’s chosen medium is ledger paper, the first paper to make it’s way to the Great Plains in the 19 century. He uses this medium to convey, in the most contemporary way, a living culture through humor, dance, or vices of the modern times. Chuck’s goal is to share a continuing view of how natives see the European culture and to reverse the paradigm.
Chuck is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota and was born in Kadoka, SD 1957. His family is from Wanblee, SD and he attended Crazy Horse High school. Following graduation, Chuck enlisted in the military for four years. His wife was a career military member and they have lived in Colorado, South Carolina, Maryland and Montana.
Anna Robins is an emerging filmmaker and songwriter/composer based in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Her film works include small documentaries, short films, and children’s media/animation.
Anna grew up moving around the American midwest, being exposed to a vast array of lifestyles and cultures. Her parents encouraged artistic expression and community involvement which has led to her passion for community-based creativity.
Anna received a degree in Communications Arts with a Music Minor at Cardinal Stritch University where her final project was a documentary about a student-group’s Civil Rights pilgrimage to the southern states (“Following Their Footsteps”). After college she spent a year volunteering at a school on the Pine Ridge reservation where she made connections that kick-started her media career. She then spent a transformative month at the Sundance Film Institute Summer Labs observing inspiring filmmakers and composers. Now the creator behind the Lakota-language project, “Wayáwa Čík’ala“, she is the driving force behind DrumSong Media and can’t wait to tackle what’s next.