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Sioux Indian Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota


Traditional Artwork - Harley Zephier

January 17-March 10, 2010

Harley ZephierHarley Zephier , Wambli Hoksila (Eagle Boy), is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. His tribal heritage is Mnicojou Lakota on his mother's side and Mdewakanton Dakota on his father's side. Zephier was born in Faith, South Dakota in 1956 and graduated from Roncalli High School, Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1975.

Since 1990 Zephier has committed his time to creating works of art that exemplify his Lakota/Dakota heritage and culture. His beliefs and his relatives' ways of life are the focus of his work. Natural elements, such as traditionally hand prepared buffalo, elk and deer hides, antler, bone, horn, plants, stone and wood, which are provided by the earth are the media necessary for each piece he creates. Essentially self-taught, Zephier learned various design techniques and the traditional tools needed to execute those techniques from observing other artists and their works. He credits his Unci (Grandmother) for the inspiration and encouragement to create the work he does.

In 2004, Zephier was featured in a Japanese documentary about Maya Maxx, one of Japan's most popular contemporary artists, on her visit to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. In 2007, he was part of a collaboration of Native American artists for the Turtle Island Fountain Project at the Martin Luther King Civic Center, Berkeley, California. He was awarded the Best of Tribal Arts at the Northern Plains Indian Art Market, Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2008 and won second place in Traditional Paintings at the Market in 2009. Also in 2009, he won Best of Traditional Paintings at the annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show, Pine Ridge, South Dakota.



Prices of work for sale can be obtained by contacting The Journey Museum Store at (605) 394-2202. After the exhibit closes contact the artist directly at Owl Tipi Art, PO Box 521, Thunder Butte Road 9, Dupree, South Dakota 57623, by phone (605) 365-5706, or by email at owltipi@lakotanetwork.com.

The Sioux Indian Museum, managed by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, is located at The Journey Museum, 222 New York Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701. For admission fees and hours of operation call (605) 394-6923.

Artwork by Harley Zephier
Good Water. 2007
Hand prepared and hollowed cottonwood round, elk rawhide covers and lacing, wood burned design(pyrography). Drum sticks are made from choke cherry wood, deer hide and buffalo hair. Drum stand is pine, willow and buffalo rawhide with hair on.
Drum:15.5" diameter, 10"high; drumsticks: 19" ©2007 Harley Zephier

Artwork by Harley Zephier
Existence. 2009
Hand prepared elk rawhide, willow, earth pigments, tempera medium, brain-tanned/smoked deer hide, 19" diameter
©2009 Harley Zephier

Artwork by Harley Zephier
Seasons. 2009
Hand prepared elk rawhide, earth pigment paint, tempera meium brain-tanned/smoked deer hide, elk antler buttons
9.5"W x 10.5" x 1"D
©2009 Harley Zephier

Artwork by Harley Zephier
Grandmother. 2004
Hand prepared elk rawhide, earth pigment paint, tempera medium, brain-tanned/smoked deer hide, elk antler buttons, 11.5"H x 11"W
©2004 Harley Zephier

Artwork by Harley Zephier
Provider. 2006
Hand prepared buffalo bull skull, earth pigment paints applied with tempera medium, willow bark, brain-tanned/smoked deer hide and buffalo hair
25.5"L x 23.5"W
©2006 Harley Zephier

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