Thursday, January 20, 2005

Week 1

Webpage: Gilcrease Museum & National Gallery of Art

West Tulsa is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Oklahoma, in my opinion. My fiancé, Raymond, and I decided that we wanted to get married in Tulsa we had to find a location to have a reception. We did some driving through west Tulsa and found a Lodge that perfectly suited our needs. The West Tulsa landscape makes for beautiful sunsets. One of the best parts of west Tulsa is the Gilcrease Museum located near the Post Oak Lodge. Gilcrease Museum holds anthropological data, artifacts, as well as amazing art. I decided to go visit Gilcrease near the end of the summer. I spent the most my summer studying Spanish in Puebla, Mexico at La Universidad de las Americas. Going to Gilcrease after returning from Puebla held special significance in itself because of the amount of Mexican art and anthropological data on Mexican history. The journals of Hernan Cortez as well as other historical figures in the history of Mexico are kept at Gilcrease. Gilcrease Museum has pieces of art that pre-date statehood in Oklahoma.
Among my favorite artifacts at Gilcrease are those artifacts dealing with the Native American history in Oklahoma. I think that the Native American population and the Ancestry of the land inspired a lot of the art at Gilcrease. Many artifacts such as clothing and tools can be found at Gilcrease. Some of these tools are spears and arrowheads. One of my favorite artists is Thomas Moran. Thomas Moran has many featured peieces at Gilcrease Museum. I like Moran’s art because the colors remind me of Oklahoma soil and they remind me of how I see the Earth in Oklahoma as well as Wyoming and the other areas he illustrates with his landscapes. Among my favorite Moran art peieces is entitled “Acoma.” (This can be found at the website above) I think I love this piece because I reminded how pure and innocent the land was at one time. I love landscape pictures that I can associate with and this piece reminds me of the drive through Wyoming.
Another piece of art which inspires my love of the Oklahoma and Southwest landscape is by Remmington. The piece is called “The Hunters Supper”. I like this piece one because it is in Oklahoma City and I have access to it, but also because I am reminded of the cruel reality of the idea that individuals had to live off the land at one time. These pieces demonstrate for me how important the Earth is and how beautiful this area is.

I am taking a Forestry class here at OSU and our professor uses a lot of photography from his travels to discuss different trees and different forests. He takes a group of students to Hondurus every year to see a different view of forest that of what we see here in the U.S. Forest) One fascinating thing is that some of the same Broad Leaf trees found in Honduras are found in S.E. Oklahoma.
I think the art in many Southern peices is inspired by our beautiful forests.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Week 2

Article: Proble backs Tar Creek sample data, Tulsa World January 19, 2005. (this is a link to the story done by the Oklahoma News because I was not able to get the article scanned)

On the front page of the Tulsa World an article about the Tar Creek Superfund site explained details about the blood-lead levels in children. OU medical investigators are currently studying the blood-lead levels in children. The article discusses the blood tested because there is beleived to be blood-tampering. The Tar Creek Superfund site blood data was tested by the University of Oklahoma internal medicine. The OU Health Services is refuting the allegations that field workers on the case substituted their own blood for the blood vials used in the study. This study was the third part of TEAL's project to identitfy specific facts about the Tar Creek Superfund Site. For the investigation the field workers were to take blood samples from 300 children in the Tar Creek Site ages 6 and younger. These blood samples would be compared with children's blood unexposed to zinc and lead. The article is somewhat ambiguous as to why these individuals would substitute blood samples.
This article is important because it demonstrates the severity of the health issues at the Tar Creek Superfund site. Many individuals had to be evacuated because of the lead poising and its health concerns for the children living in the area. There is such an obvious problem with the area and it seems like the State is not taking real inititiave in mapping out a way to control and maintain this situation. The individuals contaminated have health issues and on top of this their lives are being examined and treated like science experiments. I think there is an obvious need for deliberate and honest medical attention, and the individuals of the Tar Creek Superfund site are not receiving this attention.
My mom is a hyrdrologist and she worked with Miami on development for this area. She has a lot of information on the Tar Creek Superfund site, and she says that when she goes down there its the same story, people ask a lot of questions ...but the results are not there. I can remember my mom talking about how frustrating this case was to work on because no one treats the individuals like human beings and my mom said that people knew long ago that the most efficient way to help this community and those surrounding would be to flood the land so that the water dilutes all of these toxic material, yet this has not been done. Granted, people don't want to move and start over and this project would be expensive and take several years, but it would be a first step in helping the community.