Ernest Whiteman is a working artist who lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
An Arapaho Indian, he grew up on the Wind River Reservation in Southwestern
Wyoming (on the edge of Riverton, Wyoming). As a child, Whiteman often
visited a famous petroglyph site known as Dinwoody, which is located
in the Wind River mountains of Wyoming. He describes feeling a great
respect and awe whenever he visited this site. He has traveled all
over the country attempting to decipher the meanings of petroglyphs.
He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of
Wisconsin in Eau Claire and an Masters of Fine Arts degree from the
University of Minnesota, both concentrating on sculpture. In addition
to making sculpture, paintings, prints, and jewelry, Whiteman also
teaches. He feels it is important to give back to other people, because
someone took time to teach him. Whiteman explains, "Through my work
I keep alive a tradition and give respect and power to the images
so that they can speak once again in the twenty-first century."
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