-:-Bury The Hatchet-:-
conceived of and created by John Hitchcock
brought to life by the musicians of Madison, WI
Artist John Hitchcock’s Bury the Hatchet shares the past and present of the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma through visual Art and sound performance about the American Frontier. Bury the Hatchet explores the intersection between cultures through the land, language, and the visual symbols of the Great Plains – the epicenter for Plains tribal culture. The basis for Bury the Hatchet revolves around the relationship between the Fort Sill Military Base (Lawton, Oklahoma), The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Reserve, Medicine Park, Oklahoma and his family’s Comanche Tribal Land off of State Highway Forty-Nine, Oklahoma.
The exhibition consists of a series of works on paper titled The Flatlander and a multi-media sound installation. Working from the theme of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, Bury the Hatchet explores issues of assimilation, acculturation, and indoctrination.
Through oral history and music, the Bury the Hatchet music recording intertwines storytelling and Kiowa & Comanche songs with soundscapes of steel guitar, cello, clarinet, accordion and guitars. Bury the Hatchet challenges the romanticized version of the American Frontier (Wild West themes) in combination with current conditions.
Bury the Hatchet acts to interrogate the historic and modern institutions and develop a language to re-define the present times. Hitchcock’s grandfather Saukwaukee John Dussome Reid’s (Kiowa) voice cuts through the sound by telling a story of the old days on the southern plains in the songs “Star House/Set’tainte Song” and “Jimmy Creek (A Comanche Story)”. This story was told to Johnny Reid when he was hospitalized in the 1930’s with a 103-year-old Comanche elder named Tahen. Johnny Reid recorded his story on a reel-to-reel player, which Hitchcock translated to a cassette and now into digital format as part of Bury the Hatchet.
On several songs, Jason Cutnose (Kiowa) interprets the Plains of Oklahoma and Texas through three Kiowa stories. The first story featured on “Saddle Mountain” and several other songs, speaks about the massacre of several Kiowa women, men and children at Cutthroat Gap. The second story featured in “Rainy Mountain Falling Stars” speaks about the 1833 Leonid meteor shower and the recording of the stars with earth pigment on the Kiowa Buffalo hide calendar. The third story featured in “Lone Wolf and the War with Texas (Meers Road Part 1)” talks about the Kiowa Chief Lone Wolf (Gui-Pah-Go) and his dispute with Texas Rangers and the US Military.
Both John Dussome Reid and Jason Cutnose’s recorded voice challenges the western perspective of the written word by reinforcing indigenous views of oral history passed on from generation to generation through storytelling.
Emily Arthur – Day is Done
Jason Cutnose – Kiowa Stories
Hannah Edlén – clarinet, sound design
John Hitchcock – pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, electric guitar
Ryan Lansing – electric guitar
Allison Lenz – cello, percussion
Caitlin Mead – opera performance on Dohasan (When they attack)
Nate Meng – piano, synthesizer, percussion
Chad Oliver – Guitar Noise Samples
Juanita Pahdopony – Comanche Prayer
Johnny Reid – Comanche Story
Justen Renyer – remix of Kiowa Story
Anneliese Valdes – electric bass, trumpet, saxophone, baritone
1978 Family Recordings – made at Johnny and Peggy Reid HYW 49 Dance Ground, Oklahoma
1999 Comanche and Kiowa hymnals – recorded at Lawton, Oklahoma
1996 Kiowa Flag Song and Set’tainte Song – recorded at Saddle Mountain, Oklahoma
-:- TRACK LISTING-:-
Rainy Mountain Falling Stars (Taps 1)
4 Mile Road
Lone Wolf and the War with Texas (Meers Road Part 1)
Bury the Hatchet
Star House/Set’tainte Song
Jimmy Creek (A Comanche Story)
A Comanche Prayer (Meers Road Part 2)
Day is Done (Taps 2)
BURY THE HATCHET: PRAYER FOR MY P’AH-BE
May 3- Sept 14, 2019 // Lynda M. Frost Contemporary American Indian Art Gallery
Bury the Hatchet is artist John Hitchcock’s mixed media, cross-disciplinary, multisensory installation. Hitchcock combines his interests in printmaking, Rock n’ Roll, and Kiowa and Comanche history into one visual expression that offers a re-telling of the narrative of the American Frontier. Working from the theme of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, Bury the Hatchet explores issues of assimilation, acculturation, and indoctrination through oral history and music. Bury the Hatchet develops a shared language to interrogate historic and modern institutions to prompt a re-definition and re-imagining of our present reality.
The visual and sound recordings in the exhibition work together to challenge western perspectives of the supremacy of the written word by reinforcing Indigenous views of oral history passed on from generation to generation through storytelling.
Sound recordings include the artist on pedal steel guitar with soundscapes of cello, clarinet, accordion and guitars by The Stolen Sea, Jason Cutnose (Kiowa1967-2015) narrating a story about the Cutthroat Gap massacre in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma, Juanita Pahdopony (Comanche) voice recording a Comanche prayer, Hitchcock’s grandfather Saukwaukee John Dussome Reid (Kiowa 1912-1996) telling a story of the old days on the Southern Plains, Catlin Mead reinterpretation of Cutnose’s stories through her Soprano opera voice and Intertribal War Dance Songs (recorded in 1978 on the Johnny Reid (Kiowa) and Peggy Reid (Comanche) Dance Ground). Video images include War Dancers in Medicine Park, Oklahoma and buffalo images recorded in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge by Emily Arthur.
The exhibition has an accompanying limited edition 12-inch vinyl album, CD and set of letterpress prints COMING SOON, at Sunday Night Records. Please join our mailing list for updates.
Bury the Hatchet
Bury the Hatchet: Limited Edition 12-inch double color vinyl
Includes: two white vinyl lp, bonus Dohäsan CD insert, screen printed colophon, four hand-printed letterpress works as paper-free digital download.
Bury the Hatchet: CD
Two CD set featuring entire LP and Dohäsan, insert, and free digital download.
-:- ONGOING PROJECTS / OTHER WORK-:-
The Sound (digital single)
(Nate Meng and the Stolen Sea)
arranged and performed by Nate Meng/John Hitchcock/Allison Lenz/Hannah Edlén
Produced by Nate Meng and Ryan Lansing
Release Date: August 2017 (through the Sing Me A Story Foundation)
John Hitchcock on pedal steel guitar.
Jason Cutnose (Kiowa 1967-2015) : oral history of Meers, Oklahoma, remixed by Oliver/Renyer
Juanita Pahdopony (Comanche) voice recording a Comanche prayer.
Intertribal War Dance Songs, recorded in 1978 on the Johnny Reid (Kiowa) and Peggy Reid (Comanche) Dance Ground, HYW 49.
War Dancers in Medicine Park. Buffalo images recorded in Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge by Emily Arthur
Release Date: June 23, 2018
Friday May 31, 2019, 6:30pm (2 sets)
Missoula Art Museum
Missoula Gallery Night Finale for month long exhibition
Saturday June 1, 2019, 8pm
Saturday May 18, 2019 – 8pm
Bury the Hatchet LP/CD Release
Sunday February 17, 2019, 8pm
11th Street Bar (preview performance)
Saturday February 9, 2019, 9pm
Come Back In (preview performance)
Friday February 1, 2019
North Street Cabaret (preview performance)
Sam Ness CD Release
Saturday Nov 3, 2018
Come Back In (preview performance)