Marlene Riding In Mameah

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Marlene Riding In Mameah
Marlene Mary Riding In

(1933-03-05)March 5, 1933
DiedJuly 10, 2018(2018-07-10) (aged 85)
NationalityPawnee Nation of Oklahoma
EducationBacone College
Known forSouthern Plains German silverwork
Spouse(s)Charles Supernaw, Clayton Mameah
AwardsRed Earth Festival
2007 Honored One

Marlene Riding In Mameah (March 5, 1933 – July 10, 2018) was a Pawnee Native American silversmith and painter.

Born Marlene Mary Riding In[2] in Payne County, Oklahoma, Mameah was a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.[3]


Mameah attended Chilocco Indian School.[2] She then went to Bacone College, where she wished to study silver smithing. But the class was unavailable to women, and she was required to take painting classes instead; she later learned to work silver while working for a jeweler.[4] Her instructor was W. Richard West, Sr. (Southern Cheyenne)[5]

Art career[edit]

In 1950, her painting Morning Star Ceremony, submitted under the name "M. Riding Inn", received a prize of $150 in the Indian Annual's Plains division.[6]

Mameah taught metalworking at Pawnee Nation College. She won numerous honors throughout her career, and in 2007 was named the Honored One of the Red Earth Festival.[4] Morning Star Ceremony is owned by the Philbrook Museum of Art.[2]


  1. ^ "Marlene Riding In Mameah". Native American Artists Resource Collection Online. Heard Museum Bille Jane Baguly Library and Archives. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Patricia Janis Broder (December 10, 2013). Earth Songs, Moon Dreams: Paintings by American Indian Women. St. Martin's Press. p. 244. ISBN 978-1-4668-5972-2.
  3. ^ "PRX » Transcripts". PRX - Public Radio Exchange. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Artist's path leads to honors". June 1, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "Grand Council of 1842". Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Lisa K. Neuman (January 1, 2014). Indian Play: Indigenous Identities at Bacone College. U of Nebraska Press. pp. 213–. ISBN 978-0-8032-4945-5.

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