Waylon Gary White Deer is a Choctaw artist and author. His solo painting exhibitions include the Irish Cultural Center in New York and the American Embassy in Dublin. In 2010 he was the subject of an Associated Press profile interview which appeared in over 200 major newspapers worldwide. His memoir, Touched by Thunder, was published in Ireland by Currach Press in 2012, and republished in America by Left Coast Press in 2013.
White Deer is featured in several documentary films including The Native Americans (Turner Broadcasting), The Hard Road to Klondike (RTE/BBC), Spiral of Fire (PBS America) When Ireland Starved (National Geographic Explorer), and Remember Skibbereen (Harvest Films) as well as a 2013 episode of Fair City (RTE television) Lecture venues include Vanderbilt University, the Society for American Archeology, the Irish Film Institute, and the 14th Annual American Indian Symposium, Arizona State University.
He was received in Ireland by President Mary Robinson while representing the 1847 Choctaw Irish Famine donation. A former tribal cultural resources director, he has sung for tribal dancers at the Atlanta Summer Olympics and for dance performances in Memphis, Dallas, Dublin, Miami, Belfast, and at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonials. A former instructor of Choctaw Studies at Bacone College, White Deer is also chanter for the CD Oklahoma Choctaw Dance Songs Vol. I