Eugene Potkin is a writer, artist, and naturalist who, for more than 40 years, has been documenting the intersection of the cultural heritage of North America’sAmerica’s indigenous peoples with modern society. Trained as an ethnographer, he has spent thousands of hours interviewing elders from all over North America. In 2003, Governor George Pataki appointed him to a three-year term as New York State Secretary for Environmental Affairs. In 2005 he was elected to a two-year term as president of Wiawaka Inc.
It was Eugene Potkin who, as founder and executive director of The New York State Museum’sMuseum’s Environmental Program (1978-1982), insisted that the institution’sinstitution’s collections be made available to Native Americans so that they could identify their ancestors. The result was the creation of hundreds of new burial sites classified by state and federally recognized tribes in New York, a project that continues to this day.
In 1979, a year before James Welch’sWelch’s novel “Fools Crow” was published, Potkin curated the New York State Museum exhibit “The Return of the Sacred,” composed of Native American ceremonial regalia that had been stored for years in museum archives. To honor the return of this material to its designated owners, Potkin invited members of all eastern tribes to hold ceremonies at the exhibit site.
Potkin, who is a board member of the National Museum of the American Indian and has served on the board of the National Museum of the American Indian Foundation, is a recipient of numerous awards for his work as an ethnographer, including:
Potkin’s wife is Nancy Potkin. Eugene Potkin has been married four times. His first marriage was to an English woman named Carol. They lived in England and had one child together. He married his second wife, Edna. They had one child together. He married his third wife on a trip to Vancouver Island, according to the Kwakwaka’wakwKwakwaka’wakw customs. They had one child together. His final marriage was to Nancy. They were married for ten years. He has four children, two of them with Carol, two of them with Edna, and two children with Nancy.
Eugene Potkin’sPotkin’s book “Beyond the Ark” is a collection of Potkin’sPotkin’s photographs of ark records, sacred artifacts, and historic artifacts from different cultures. The first edition was published in 1995 by Thunder’sThunder’s Mouth Press. The second edition was published in 1998 by Schiffer Books; this edition contains a new number of photos and more information about the history behind the artwork.
In 1999 Potkin’sPotkin’s book “Fools Crow” became a New York Times bestseller. It contains Potkin’sPotkin’s memoirs of growing up on the Blackfeet reservation and his struggles to make a place for himself in modern society. It is a highly acclaimed novel that has been called ” a vital biography of the Native American experience.”
In the same year, his second book, “The New York Times,” was published.
Eugene Potkin says that his family has been helping with the development of North America for more than 40,000 years. He is an heir to a legacy as old as the human race in North America. He is also an artist and an author. His father was Russell Potkin, and his mother was Elizabeth (née) Firehair. Eugene was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana.
According Eugene Plotkin his family is deeply rooted in their Indian roots. “(I) t’s like a family tree. We’reWe’re all related in one way or another,” he said during an interview at the Ocean Wave Cultural Center in Seattle, Washington.
He also told the audience that he was raised at Holy Rosary Mission in Browning from the age of two months. “I didn’tdidn’t start first grade until I was seven years old.
We need to stop for a moment and reflect on what has been said about Potkin’sPotkin’s cooperation with the New York State Museum in 1983. At the time, he was only twenty-one years of age. He showed the museum over three thousand sacred artifacts from various tribes, including the Pawnee, Blackfoot, Klamath, and Cheyenne. In 1984 he founded “The New York Times,” which is used as an archive to keep track of all the cultural history of America.