Waylon Gary White Deer is an Oklahoma Choctaw artist and author. His paintings hang in the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Museum in Louisiana and in Donegal Castle, Ireland.
Solo painting exhibits include the Southern Plains Museum in Anadarko, Oklahoma, the Irish Cultural Center in New York City and the American Embassy in Dublin. He was the subject of an Associated Press profile article which appeared in over 100 major newspapers worldwide.
His autobiography, Touched by Thunder, was published in Ireland by Currach Press and republished in America by Left Coast Press. He was officially received in Dublin by President Mary Robinson while representing the Irish-Choctaw Famine link.
Film and television appearances have included The Native Americans (Turner Broadcasting), The Hard Road to Klondike (RTE/BBC), Spiral of Fire (PBS), Nationwide (RTE), The CBS Evening News, When Ireland Starved (National Geographic Explorer), Fair City (RTE) and Remember Skibbereen (Harvest Films) He has also been an on-set adviser for the television series Vikings (The History Channel) and the television series Penny Dreadful (HBO)
Lecture venues include Vanderbilt University, the Society for American Archeology, the Irish Film Institute and the 14th Annual American Indian Symposium, Arizona State University.
A former tribal cultural resources director, he has led tribal dances at the Atlanta Summer Olympics as well as in Memphis, Dallas, Dublin, Miami, Belfast and at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonials.
He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Carter Seminary in Ardmore, Oklahoma. A graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University, he has taught Choctaw Studies at Bacone College and was named a master artist for Choctaw chanting by the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Early artistic influences came from his father, who had painted with the Apache artist Allan Houser. As a teenager he learned to make Choctaw ball sticks from Sidney White, of the Tuskahoma community. His first public art showings were at Indian City USA as part of an Indian village tour. Afterward he traveled with the Kiowa artist Robert Redbird, an in-law.
His seven children are Kiowa, Plains Apache and Comanche as well as Choctaw. He has eleven grandchildren.