The Bacone College Medicine Wheel

Ruthe Blalock Jones, former Associate Professor and Director of Art at Bacone College, created this medicine wheel. It was designed to focus on the mission and heritage of the school in serving the educational needs of American Indians. The cross symbolizes the College’s Christian heritage. Knowledge is symbolized by the flame or lamp of learning. The four peyote birds, four fan shapes and spirit lines radiating from the center are included as homage to Woody Crumbo, a renowned Native American artist and former Director of Art at Bacone. They were part of the Rose Window that Crumbo designed for the Chapel (destroyed by fire in December of 1990). The single star recognizes Company I of World War II. The star also relates to the Oklahoma Flag and the Five Civilized Tribes. Buffalo tracks in the quarter spaces represent good luck with the tee-pee designs representing a camp or place of dwelling. These images are Dick West’s and are a tribute to him. Mr. West is another of the renowned American Indian artists who has been a member of the Bacone faculty. These designs were used to represent continuity in building on the past and moving forward.

Our School Song

Tribal Liaison Aaron Adson and students Jeffrey Lightfoot and Wesley Littlecook composed a song and presented it to the students, faculty and staff of Bacone College as their own.

Bacone College News and Events

Online Art Auction and Fundraiser

Please join us for the Bacone College School of Indian Art online auction fundraiser, which benefits the college’s art program, scholarships, building repair needs, and preservation of its esteemed art collection. All of the pieces are donated by Native American artists from all over the country, including such renowned artists as Ruthe Blalock Jones, Minisa Crumbo and Johnnie Diacon.
Bidding starts at noon April 7th with bids starting at $250 and bidding increments of $25. You will need to visit the “My Account” link to register your email address before you may begin bidding. You’ll receive email updates during the auction, including letting you know at the end when you have won. If you have the winning bid, you will have 14 days to pay your bid amount plus shipping and any applicable taxes. The art will then be shipped to you. The auction ends at midnight May 8th.
For more information, please contact Art Director Gerald Cournoyer at [email protected].
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