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Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture at USD features social anthropologist

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University Art Galleries at the University of South Dakota welcomes Irene Castle McLaughlin as the guest for the 24th Annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Farber Hall. McLaughlin, curator of Native American Ethnology at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, will present the lecture, “Riders on the Storm: A Plains Indian Ledger from Red Cloud’s War.”

McLaughlin, who received a Ph.D. from Columbia University, is a social anthropologist whose research focuses on the historic and contemporary American west. She developed a lifelong affinity for Plains Indian art and culture while growing up in Oklahoma, and has done extensive fieldwork in North Dakota where she studied wild horses for the National Park Service and researched cattle ranching on the Fort Berthold Reservation. As curator of Native American Ethnology at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, she works closely with Indian people to research the museum’s collection of historic objects as well as develop related exhibitions. She is the author of “Arts of Diplomacy: Lewis and Clark’s Indian Collection” and recently completed research on a Lakota ledger book that was found in a Harvard library.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Immediately following McLaughlin’s address, there will be a reception in the Muenster University Center room 211 for McLaughlin and to honor the legacy of Oscar Howe. The Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture is the kickoff event to the 26th Annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market weekend, sponsored by Sinte Gleska University. This year, the market is Sept. 20-22 at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, S.D. For more information about the market, visit An image of Howe’s “Breaking a Wild Horse,” painted in 1967 and copyright Oscar Howe’s family, is available at

To learn more about the Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture or other UAG programs, please contact Alison Erazmus at or by phone at (605) 677-3177. To learn more about the University Art Galleries, please visit the website at or ‘Like’ us on Facebook at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News