Robin HensonStory of a Shawnee Artist
Robin is a member of the Shawnee Tribe. He was born in 1949 in Vinita, OK to Richard Harold Henson and Inez Running-rabbit. While he graduated high school in 1968, he has considered his mother Inez to be his primary source of information.
Robin assisted his mother Inez throughout his childhood, into his youth, and as an adult. He continues to honor and help his mother today by continuing to support and promote her artwork after her passing in 2010. Inez held art exhibits in California and New Mexico throughout his teenage years and traveled through all the southwestern states to purchase turquoise, go rock hunting, and have adventures.
"Inez was one of the hardest working people I have ever known, and I was definitely her work horse as well. Throughout my life I have been captivated by her intrinsic creative spirits and talents. The potent dynamism and rigor with which she lived her life, inspired in me a state of awe and enjoyment. Throughout my adult life I continued, in my free time, assisting Inez, compelled by reverent respect, appreciation, and the pure joy of experiencing life with her.
Inez had five different art galleries in her life. My fondest memories are of growing up in the early galleries. My wife and I are thankful for the great honor of having Inez live with us for the last 4 years of her life. Her last words were: “People have such a hard time in life because they just don't understand how good they really are.” Inez and I always maintained pride in being Shawnee, expressing gratitude and deep solemn respect for our Shawnee ancestry. We were taught these ways from our mentor and spirit protector, a great Shawnee woman named Annie Dick. Inez died at age 90 in 2010." --Robin Henson