Thursday Lates: The Return of Sitting Bull's Robe with Wayne Goodwill

Thursday Lates: The Return of Sitting Bull's Robe with Wayne Goodwill

June 20, 2019 at 7:00pm

Family Friendly Event

Please join us and Lakota artist and Knowledge Keeper Wayne Goodwill as we welcome Sitting Bull's robe back to Saskatchewan after 74 years years away. In honour of Indigenous People’s Day, Goodwill, a member of Standing Buffalo First Nation, will share stories in relation to his and Sitting Bull's art that is currently on display in The Permanent Collection: Walking with Saskatchewan



Wayne Goodwill was born in 1941 in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan and grew up on the nearby Standing Buffalo Reserve, where he continues to live. He attended the Lebret Indian Residential School and the day school on the reserve. After leaving school he worked at various jobs, including construction and with the provincial Department of Natural Resources.

Goodwill is a self-taught artist. His only formal training was an art class that was part of a one-year vocational training program at the Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan. His interest in art was first stimulated when he was ill in hospital (at about age 21) and a friend brought him paper, pen, and ink to occupy him during the long days. Goodwill discovered that he had a real aptitude for art, although little was done at that time to develop his talent.

Besides his artistic talent, Goodwill possesses many other skills and abilities. He has been a champion traditional dancer, an organizer for annual Sioux celebrations at Fort Qu’Appelle, an avid hunter and a long-time councilor with the Band administration at Standing Buffalo. He was also a fine amateur hockey player in his prime.

Goodwill has expressed his artistic interests in two related but very different ways. On canvas, he is an excellent painter of realistic scenes depicting the old days of Sioux life, and the stories his maternal great-grandfather used to tell him when he was a child. Remembering the stories from the old man, Goodwill sought to capture them on canvas to preserve them. This same kind of wellspring has inspired other Saskatchewan painters like Allan Sapp and Michael Lonechild, whose images speak of Aboriginal life in the “Old West”.


Image: Ruth Cuthand, "She Went to Town", 1985. Collection of the MacKenzie Art Gallery.