Bury the Hatchet 

The Album is available atHybridpress • Sunday Night Records • Bandcamp

Artist John Hitchcock's Bury the Hatchet shares the past and present of the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma through visual Art and sound performance about the American Frontier. Bury the Hatchet explores the intersection between cultures through the land, language, and the visual symbols of the Great Plains - the epicenter for Plains tribal culture. The basis for Bury the Hatchet revolves around the relationship between the Fort Sill Military Base (Lawton, Oklahoma), The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Reserve, Medicine Park, Oklahoma and his family's Comanche Tribal Land off of State Highway Forty-Nine, Oklahoma.

 

The exhibition consists of a series of works on paper titled The Flatlander and a multi-media sound installation. Working from the theme of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, Bury the Hatchet explores issues of assimilation, acculturation, and indoctrination.

 

Through oral history and music, the Bury the Hatchet music recording intertwines storytelling and Kiowa & Comanche songs with soundscapes of steel guitar, cello, clarinet, accordion and guitars. Bury the Hatchet challenges the romanticized version of the American Frontier (Wild West themes) in combination with current conditions.

 

Bury the Hatchet acts to interrogate the historic and modern institutions and develop a language to re-define the present times. Hitchcock’s grandfather Saukwaukee John Dussome Reid (Kiowa) voice cuts through the sound by telling a story of the old days on the southern plains on the song “Star House/Set'tainte Song” and “Jimmy Creek (A Comanche Story)”. This story was told to Johnny Reid when he was hospitalized back in the 1930's with a 103-year-old Comanche elder named Tahen. Johnny Reid recorded his story on a reel-to-reel player, which Hitchcock translated to a cassette and now into digital format as part of Bury the Hatchet.

 

On several songs, Jason Cutnose (Kiowa) interprets the Plains of Oklahoma and Texas through three Kiowa stories. The first story featured on “Saddle Mountain” and several other songs, speaks about the massacre of several Kiowa women, men and children at Cutthroat Gap. The second story featured in “Rainy Mountain Falling Stars” speaks about the 1833 Leonid meteor shower and the recording of the stars with earth pigment on the Kiowa Buffalo hide calendar. The third story featured in “Lone Wolf and the War with Texas (Meers Road Part 1)” talks about the Kiowa Chief Lone Wolf (Gui-Pah-Go) and his dispute with Texas Rangers and the US Military.

 

Both John Dussome Reid and Jason Cutnose’s recorded voice challenges the western perspective of the written word by reinforcing indigenous views of oral history passed on from generation to generation through storytelling.

 

 

MUSICIANS

Emily Arthur – Day is Done

Jason Cutnose  – Kiowa Stories

Hannah Edlén – clarinet, sound design

john Hitchcock – pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, electric guitar

Ryan Lansing – electric guitar

Allison Lenz – cello, percussion

Caitlin Mead – opera performance on Dohasan (When they attack)

Nate Meng – piano, synthesizer, drums, percussion

Chad Oliver – Guitar Noise Samples

Juanita Pahdopony – Comanche Prayer

Johnny Reid  – Comanche Story

Justen Renyer – remixed of Kiowa Story

Anneliese Valdes – electric bass, trumpet, saxophone, baritone

1978 Family recordings – made at Johnny and Peggy Reid HYW 49 Dance Ground

1999 Comanche and Kiowa hymnals - recorded at Lawton, Oklahoma

1996 Kiowa Flag Song and Set'tainte Song  – recorded at Saddle Mountain

This album is dedicated to honoring our elders (those with us and those in the spirit world); to my P’AH-BE’s Jason Cutnose (Kiowa), Shade Large (Comanche), Byron Poafpybitty (Comanche) and Bob Cox; my grandparents Johnny Reid (Kiowa), Peggy Reid (Comanche); mother Anita Hitchcock (Comanche); father Jim Hitchcock (German/Dutch); my aunt Peggy Reid Walton (Comanche) and cousin Edward Nahquaddy (Comanche). Rest in Peace my family. Uda Aho

 

All songs recorded by Nate Meng and Ryan Lancing for Sunday Night Records at Maywood Mission House and MOD Studios. 4 Mile recorded at Dayton Street Home for Misfits and Mutants. Mastered by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room, Milwaukee, WI.

VIDEO

Bury the Hatchet Part One: Prayer for my P’AH-BE

John Hitchcock on pedal steel guitar.
Jason Cutnose (Kiowa 1967-2015) : oral history of Meers, Oklahoma, remixed by Justin Renyer
Juanita Pahdopony (Comanche) voice recording a Comanche prayer.
Intertribal War Dance Songs, recorded in 1978 on the Johnny Reid (Kiowa) and Peggy Reid (Comanche) Dance Ground, HYW 49.
Video images:
War Dancers in Medicine Park. Buffalo images recorded in Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge by Emily Arthur

PERFORMANCES
Future:

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 8 PM – 11 PM

Bury The Hatchet LP Release featuring Nate Meng and The Stolen Sea

The Winnebago

2262 Winnebago St

Madison, Wisconsin

Friday May 31, 2019, 6pm, 7:30pm (2 shows)
Missoula Art Museum

335 North Pattee

 Missoula, Montana 59802
Bury the Hatchet Official Premier

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 8 PM – 11 PM

Zootown Arts Community Center

235 North 1st Street West, Main Floor, Missoula MT, 59802

With Oh Rose, Nate Meng and The Stolen Sea and Hannah Edlén.

Past: 

Saturday Feb 9, 2019
Come Back In
Madison, WI

Sunday February 17, 2019, 8pm
11th Street Bar
Manhattan, NY

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EXHIBITION

May 1 to September 14, 2019

Missoula Art Museum 335 North Pattee, Missoula, Montana 59802

Friday, May 31, 5–8 pm

Art Swing with Exhibition Artists and Bury the Hatchet performance at 6 pm and 7:30 pm

 

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 8 PM – 11 PM

live performance with Oh Rose, Nate Meng and The Stolen Sea and Hannah Edlén.

Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 North 1st Street West, Main Floor, Missoula MT, 59802

LETTERPRESS PRINTS 

Maeve Leslie is making letterpress print magic happen for the Bury the Hatchet album/project! 4 separate prints with an  edition of 200 prints each to be inserted into the album.

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