Colleen Cutschall

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Colleen Cutschall (born 1951) also known as Sister Wolf, is an Oglala-Sicangu Lakota artist from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, who works in Manitoba.[1]


Colleedn Cutschall is a Lakota artist, art historian, educator, and curator from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, who has lived and worked in Southwestern Manitoba since the 1980s.[2] She holds a BFA from Barat College and an MS.ED from Black Hills State University. Cutschall works in Painting, Sculpture, Photography, and Installation art.[3] Some themes of her work include Lakota mythological archetypes, human relationships to the cosmos, and the implications of exploration.[3]

Colleen Cutschall's work is in the permanent collection of the Manitoba Arts Council Art Bank, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Government of Manitoba, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Kenderdine Art Gallery, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Oscar Howe Art Center, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.[4][5]

Cutschall is known for her sculpture Spirit Warriors, installed at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.[6] This iron sculpture at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, which was until 1991 named after George Custer, United States Commander in the American Indian Wars.[7] Cutschall's sculpture commemorates Native American warriors in the Great Sioux War of 1876.

Indian monument at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Indian monument at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

University career[edit]

In addition to maintaining her studio practice, Colleen Cutschall is Professor Emerita at Brandon University. After over twenty years of teaching at Brandon University in the Department of Native Studies, she founded the Visual and Aboriginal Program.[8]

Significant Solo Exhibitions[edit]


  1. ^ Dyck, Richard. "Colleen Cutschall | Arts for All". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  2. ^ Mattes, Cathy. "An Interview with Colleen Cutschall – Canadian Dimension". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  3. ^ a b Mattes, Cathy (2012). "Thresh Hold". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  4. ^ a b Henry, Cheyanne (2002). Blanket[ed]. Winnipeg: Urban Shaman. p. 35. ISBN 0973193506.
  5. ^ Lizard, Visual. "Canadian Art | Winnipeg Art Gallery". Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  6. ^ Pearce, Richard (2013-06-13). Women and Ledger Art: Four Contemporary Native American Artists. University of Arizona Press. ISBN 9780816599820.
  7. ^ "Little Bighorn Battlefield Monument--Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures Explore their Stories in the National Park System: A Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary". Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  8. ^ "Professor Emerita Colleen Cutschall to speak at Brandon University". Brandon University. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  9. ^ Clark, Janet (1996). Sister Wolf in her Moon. Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Art Gallery. ISBN 0920539467.
  10. ^ Shirly, Madill; Ryan, Allan; Phillips, Ruth (1996). House Made of Stars. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery. ISBN 0889151784.
  11. ^ Rosenberg, Karen (2008-10-07). "Identity by Design: The Stories and Labor Behind Native Women's Dresses". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-29.