Conceived and Created by John Hitchcock
Artist John Hitchcock’s Bury the Hatchet shares the past and present of Medicine Park and the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma through visual and sound performance about the American Frontier. Bury the Hatchet investigates issues of cultural identity by exploring the alter ego. Working from the theme of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, Bury the Hatchet is a traveling exhibition that explores issues of assimilation, acculturation, and indoctrination. Through oral history and music, Bury the Hatchet explores the romanticized version of the American Frontier (Wild West themes) in combination with current conditions. 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.
Jason Cutnose (Kiowa) narrates a story about the Cutthroat Gap massacre in the Wichita Mountains. 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.
Bury the Hatchet acts to interrogate the historic and modern institutions and develop a language to re-define the present times.
The Album and set of letterpress prints will be released in May of 2019 in partnership with Sunday Night Records.
John Hitchcock-:-pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, electric guitar
Hannah Edlén-:-clarinet, sound design
Nate Meng-:-piano, synthesizer, drums, percussion
Allison Lenz-:-cello, percussion
Anneliese Valdes-:-electric bass, trumpet, saxophone, baritone
Ryan Lansing-:-electric guitar
Caitlin Mead-:-voice on Dohäsan
Shawn Bass-:-guitar and voice on Cutthroat Gap
Erik Rasmuson-:-drums on Cutthroat Gap
Michael Taylor-:-Bass on Cutthroat Gap
Oliver/Renyer-:-remix of Cutnose story
The Sound (digital single)
(performing as Nate Meng and the Stolen Sea)
arranged and performed by Meng/Hitchcock/Lenz/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
Saturday February 9, 2019, 9pm
Come Back In
Saturday February 16, 2019, 8pm
Flushing Avenue Event Space
Bury the Hatchet gallery preview
Sunday February 17, 2019, 8pm
11th Street Bar
Friday May 3, 2019, 5:30pm, 8pm (2 shows)
Missoula Art Museum
Bury the Hatchet Official Premier
Saturday Nov 3, 2018
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