John Hitchock’s art tells frontier story at Watermark Art Center

The multimedia exhibit re-examines the American frontier narrative from an Indigenous perspective.

Courtesy of the Watermark Art Center. (Submitted April 27, 2021)

The Watermark Art Center presents “Bury the Hatchet: Prayer for My P’ah-Be” with mixed-media artist John Hitchcock.

The exhibit opens May 5 through July 24 in the Miikanan, the center’s gallery reserved for Indigenous artists.

Hitchcock combines interests in printmaking, rock ‘n’ roll and Kiowa and Comanche history into a visual re-telling of the American frontier narrative.

Taking its theme from the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, the exhibit explores issues of assimilation, acculturation and indoctrination through oral history and music. “Bury the Hatchet” develops a shared language to question historic and modern institutions, prompting a redefinition and re-imaging of the present.

The Watermark Art Center is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 505 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji. For more information, visit, call 218-444-7570 or email


Courtesy of the Watermark Art Center. (Submitted April 27, 2021)

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