American Tribes Project
ATP will provide an expressive arts opportunity for Northern Cheyenne and all Indigenous Youth, instilling empowerment as integral to their success.
Research demonstrates that artistic activities for developing minds has strong transformative implications. Artistic activities also instill discipline, fosters self-esteem, and nurtures new methods in mental problem solving processes.
ATP will provide our future leaders with adult mentors who posses relevant training and experience, ensuring for the strengthening of mind, spirit and skills.
James C. Rowland, EdD, is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana. He worked for his tribe for 35 years serving in various capacities. His positions included Dean and President of the tribal college, as well as Commissioner of Tribal Education and Executive Administrator of all tribal programs and schools. He currently works as a consultant-at-large in education and administrative systems.
One of Dr. Rowland's highest honors was bestowed on him by the Northern Cheyenne Chiefs and Warrior Societies; with their approval and commission to do oral history work about the tribe. This work specifically referred to capturing the events and history through hide painting and ledger type art. The approval took place in March of 2000, although Dr. Rowland has been an avid student of oral history for many years prior to that date.
His passion for this type of art has led him to study various styles of ledger art, from many tribes, as well as ancient rock art.
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