Welcome to my Home Page
In the Dakota/Lakota Language
The word for Home is Tipi
So, I could say,
"Welcome to my TIPI Page"
In my art are the stories of my people
This is our opportunity to introduce
So if you only want to see "ART"
Then proceed to the:
To hear me speaking about my work, click here. First video on the page.
(Photo) The Seattle Canoe Journey Ledger made into a blanket. This blanket was presented to honor one of the weavers at a basket-makers conference. My smile reflects my joy in being part of this honoring.
Click Here for Blankets. __________________________
But... if you choose to stay and observe this version of my Home Page.
Then.... I will share.
My People, The American Indian
We have been on the American continent for thousands of years. And sometimes our introductions seem to be a little long. In our Introductions we share our Parents' and Grand Parents' history and tribal location and territories.
(Photo) Conflict on the Horizon is one of a series of ledgers featuring the Spirit Canoe. This ledger was featured at the Washington State Historical Society's annual In the Spirit exhibition..
I am enrolled in the Lake Traverse Sioux Tribe
(Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate)
The blood of my Grandparents on both sides comes from the Gros Ventre, Assiniboine, Pend O'reille, Dakota Sioux, and Salish. We, Indian People, are unique in the fact that our percentage of blood is often times used to determine our membership in our tribes. (Click here for a video discussing this issue). This enrollment also allows us to sell our artwork following the guidelines of the American Indian Arts and Crafts Act
There are many who claim to be American Indian and sell their artwork as "Indian" or "Native".
video discussing enrollment issues.
(Photo) United Indians of All Tribes Annual Pow Wow..This is a picture of my granddaughter Keo and my friend Nick.
As much of my time as possible I spend with my grandkids. They are sacred, Our Dakota word for children, Wakaneyje, means "Sacred One". I love my Indian people and the way we think and honor our elders and children. The innocence and naivite' of the children is part of the essence of discovery and learning. Sometimes our education sytems are more attuned to programming for a "work" or a job .. than it is for discovering oneself and our place in our communitites. ie. Leadership, prayer warriors, Teachers....
(Photo): Sharing the Game of Lacrosse. Iroquois flag on shield, USA colors on horse. We live here. We are contributors to this country.
(Photo): In this ledger, the buffalo, representative of the American Indian Movement, stops the train of "progress" with prayer, represented by breath.
(Photo): Face painting is an important part of our heritage. When I was asked to take a role in a film, I was not impressed with how we were being portrayed, so I did my own makeup.
(Photo): The 38 Dakota men hanged at Mankato, Minnesota for trying to feed thier families, were my relatives.
(Photo): Robert holding his grandbaby while addressing a community gathering.
(Photo): Jingle Dress Dancers dance for healing.
(Photo): Visiting with family in my tipi, Flathead Reservation.
(Photo): Sometimes I just have to get silly...my balloon feather.
(Photo): Salmon sustain us.
(Photo): in New York City, Brooklyn--Transformer Films Studio.