Owl Tipi Art

Okay, I’m about a month late and ten bucks short for posting about  artists Harely and Monika Zephier from the land of Cheyenne River, South Dakota.  They create shields, parfleches, hoops, earrings and necklaces and much more with Dakota/Lakota traditions in mind.     




  1. March 12, 2010 at 8:53 am

    was expecting (hoping??) to see some Tipi’s but there are some really beautiful stuff there..

    • March 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm

      Dhyan, there are tipis, painted ones at http://www.dawnhawk.org. Seriously.
      Do you have a poem in mind about tipis? If so, feel free to post it here or link to it on your blogcasa.

      • March 14, 2010 at 1:50 am

        i wish i had buffalo
        but for now i will be just very happy put up my tipi and start the fire inside… nothing almost can feel as good as sleeping in a lit Tipi

  2. March 13, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Thanks whitebuffalo for featuring us and our artwork here.
    We are in defrosting mode, after weeks and weeks of pounding blizzards, arctic cold spells, walls of snow. Our infrastructure – electricity, waterline, network servers – were on the rocks for a while. Kinda like us. Now I’m back to life – with a frozen brain cell or two. Never mind.
    Your Coyote Moon poem could be about me, no kidding.
    Dhyan, thanks much for looking at our stuff.
    Tipi also means home. Home of the owls. This for the ancient Lakota name of the Moreau river. Used to be Owl river – wakpa hinhan. Those times past, when there were tipi camps along the rivers and streams, full of laughter, and life.
    Now a fragmented utopia. The owls remain, though. And the coyotes.
    As you can see from whitebuffalo’s posts, the tipis had to be left behind and exchanged for a log shack with earth floors.
    The modern day tipi on the rez is usually a beat up ol’trailer house with no running water, in some cases, no electricity. Some HUD housing units do exist, too. Not because this is the favorable way of living, but a have to.
    I’ll return to our friendly camp fire here soon. Viva the virtual e-land without boundaries and passports. Seeya guys.

    • March 13, 2010 at 11:35 pm

      Monika, it’s very good to hear from you. Please feel free to share updates on the state of affairs on Cheyenne River–cause we’re not going to learn anything any other way except from the people who KNOW by being there. Seriously. Keep me posted.

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