Congratulations to artist Henrietta Wolf Black, the winner of the Native America Speaks 40th Anniversary Art Contest!
Henrietta’s design has been selected as the first ever logo for Glacier National Park’s Native America Speaks program. Native America Speaks is the longest running indigenous speaker series in the National Park Service and connects visitors to the cultural history of Glacier National Park through the perspectives of Blackfeet, Salish, Pend d’Oreille, and Kootenai voices. Funding from the Glacier National Park Conservancy supports over 100 events in Glacier and on the Blackfeet Reservation each year attended by more than 7,500 visitors.
The Glacier National Park Conservancy had the chance to connect with the contest winner Henrietta Wolf Black, a contemporary Native American artist studying at Salish-Kootenai College.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Henrietta: My name is Henrietta Fay Wolf Black. I am a 30-year-old Native American woman. I am Northern Cheyenne and Crow. I grew up on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Southeastern Montana. I am a Contemporary Native American artist who is currently enrolled at the Salish and Kootenai College, which is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
What are you studying at Salish-Kootenai College?
Henrietta: My majors are Digital Design and Fine Arts.
Tell us about your favorite medium to work with.
Henrietta: I am an artist that likes to work with all types of mediums. Currently, I am strengthening my Native American Ledger art and digital design skills. I want to specialize in those techniques.
Where did you find inspiration for the design that you submitted? How does your heritage inspire your art?
Henrietta: My designs, colors, patterns, and themes of my artwork have all been inspired by my Northern Cheyenne and Crow heritage. Bright and vibrant colors also inspire me. In every medium that I’ve ever created, I made a point to have a significant symbol that showed my Northern Cheyenne and Crow designs. When I was thinking of the logo for Glacier National Park’s Native America Speaks program, I knew that I wanted this logo design to be a logo that can give tribute to the Blackfeet Nation, but also still is a logo design that can be embraced by all indigenous people. That is where I found my inspiration for this design.
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