Oklahoma's Pride
  Babetta Juergens & Doug Swindell
  Paul & Conna Woolsey
  In front of Eaton-Quade Company, 1116 W. Main, downtown Oklahoma City

Artist's Description

Oklahoma Indians are truly a treasure. Not only were they here first and understandably fought to keep their land, but they have moved forward to help make the Great State of Oklahoma, the 46th State of the United States of America, to also be ... The Greatest Indian State of Our United States. I am excited that the Indian Cultural Center is being built. The Centennial Celebration is built from our Indian heritage. My artistic interpretation of the traditional Indian headdress is depicted in the most modern and fantastic colored from of art material --plastic. The colors themselves will knock you off your feet. Fabulous. I am saying to our Oklahoma Indians. You are as modern as tomorrow as you wear the traditions of your past. Thank You!
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The headdress is made from clear and mirror backed plastic, heated and shaped into all pieces necessary to create a beautiful work of art. Indian designs were cut from plastic and attached to the buffalo that has been painted black. I worked with Eaton Quade Plastics on this headdress.

Spirit of the Buffalo originated as a public art project combining art, commerce and civic pride in Oklahoma featuring Oklahoma artists. Initial proceeds benefited the Nature Conservancy's work in Oklahoma. The website project continues through private funds.