Eads, CO – On Saturday, November 14th, 2020 from 2pm-4pm, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site will host an interactive presentation by professional native artists George Levi (Southern Cheyenne) and Kristina Bad Hand Maldanado (Sicangu Lakota/ Cherokee), at the Kiowa County Community Building in Eads, CO. In compliance with statewide COVID-19 guidance, this event will have a 25 person limit. Admission is free and all art supplies will be provided.
George Levi is a citizen of the Southern Cheyenne Tribe of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Cheyenne Kitfox Warrior Society and has done extensive research and work on the Sand Creek Massacre and White Buttes Massacre in Colorado, two historic events that directly affected the Cheyenne people. He feels it is imperative to educate the people of Colorado about the history of the Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples and their role in Colorado history. George specializes in Cheyenne-style ledger art, acrylic and watercolor paintings, as well as custom beadwork and parfleche work. The art and history of the Cheyenne people motivate him in his art and he is influenced by Cheyenne and Arapaho artists of the past. George will present the history of ledger artwork with a demonstration and the attendees will create their own ledger art.
Kristina Bad Hand Maldonado hails from Taos, New Mexico and currently resides in the Boulder area. Her passion for community and social justice has led her to speak on matters of equality and cultural representation in pop culture. She studied Media Arts and Animation for four years at the Art Institute of Colorado and is an entrepreneur with big dreams. Kristina has started two businesses: Bad Hand Illustrations in which she works freelance in illustration and as a graphic designer specializing in branding, product and logo design; and áyA Studios LLC, a publishing and media company that focuses on the empowerment and enrichment of independent artists. Kristina will share a story about the Cottonwood trees, the stars and how origin is central to Native storytelling. Kristina will engage the audience in an interactive instruction on a watercolor painting.