Biography for: Ken Edwards
Ken works with a wide
variety of media: predominantly watercolor, acrylic and pen and ink
An additional talent is that of a storyteller, Comedian and oral historian.
Ken traveled to over 76 Indian Reservations and memorized more than
one thousand stories from as far north as Barrow, Alaska to as far
south as Florida.
Ken's artwork has been
exhibited and sold in fine art shows all over the United States. He
has received several top awards at major shows. He has recently illustrated
two books - "The Hoop of Peace," Naturegraph Publishers, Happy
camp. CA. Story Cards "Native American Indian Tales," Pro Lingua
Associates, Brattleboro, VT.
Wintercount Card company, New Castle, CO. purchases Ken's watercolors and adds them to their series of cards from Native Americans, Ken has been contracted to do the art work for many organizations that were printed on t-shirts, posters and calendars.
The need to paint and
draw is reflected in Ken's attitude about his artwork: "I have
always wanted to draw and paint things that no one has ever seen.
That is why my style of art is called surrealism. Indian spirits and
shamans are my favorite subjects. I take many of my ideas from the
Indian stories l have learned and put them on canvas or paper, thus
showing our people and non-Indians some of the rich culture, traditions,
and beliefs that we still have today. I try to find out what I can
do, not what I can't do. Basically, I like to make people think."
Ken was accepted for memtership as a craftsperson in the Indian Arts and Crafts Association in March 1984.
He is an artist and storyteller/oral historian and has traveled extensively to acquire the knowledge and experience necessary to develop and enhance this combined talent.
His stories have increased cultural understanding among Indian people as well as non-Indians. He tailors his stories to fit the age group he is speaking to. Sometimes he enhances his storytelling by singing with a drum accompaniment, or paintings and/or photographs.
LIST OF TOPICS/STORIES
I CAN SPEAK ON:
Alcohol & Drugs
Cultural/Traditional Belicfs of Different tribes
Little Little People
2 10,000 Year Old Stories
3 Great Flood Stones
Indians and UFO's
Indians and Crystals
Medicine Dances/Indian Ceremonies ofDiffernent Tribes
1 Legend Story
Indians That Live Underground (Recent Stories)
Indian wars Not Found In Books
Indian Games - Different Tribes
Songs From Different Tribes; Baby Songs, Love Songs,
49er Songs, Social Songs, etc.
Animals That Talk - English Or Indian
Animal People Stores - Coyote Stories
High Desert Museum - Bend, OR
Ken also does commissioned work by