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Sioux Indian Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota


Prayers from the Upper Missouri - Lauren "Good Day Woman" Frank

January 17-March 10, 2010

Harley ZephierLauren Good Day Woman Frank is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation) of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, and Arikara and is a registered Indian with the Sweetgrass Cree First Nation of Saskatchewan, Canada. She was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, and graduated in 2005 from Bismarck High School, Bismarck, North Dakota. From August 2006 to December 2007, Lauren attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she majored in Indigenous Studies and minored in 2D Studio Arts. She is currently a full time traditional and contemporary artist and designer and resides in Bismarck, North Dakota.

At the age of seven, Lauren was taught to bead and sew by her mother and grandmother, who were taught by their female relatives. At a very young age, she received support and encouragement from her mother to pursue her artistic passion. After attending many powwows and local cultural gatherings, she became interested in dance regalia, and was inspired to draw clothing that she envisioned. Since then, she expanded the types of articles she designs to include parfleche items, a variety of beaded items, and men’s and women’s traditional attire. Lauren is primarily self-taught and uses her artistic abilities to critically and artistically examine various objects in museums, antique collections, and personal items owned by others. While attending the Institute of American Indian Arts, she was exposed to different types of traditional and contemporary native art forms and cultures which expanded her indigenous world view and allowed her to critically examine her own cultural way of life. Formal schooling helped her to understand different mediums, learn names of various tools and techniques, and acquainted her with various styles and artistic influences.

As a female artist, she expresses the feminine aspects of life, which includes the importance that women hold as the core of family life. In her ledger drawings, she depicts aspects of Plains Indian culture, which focus on women, children, courting and family as opposed to the original focus of ledger art which was traditionally from a male perspective and evidenced the masculine way of life - the battles, ceremonies, negotiations, hunting and courtship.


In the past year she entered her first two major art shows, the Santa Fe Indian Art Market, New Mexico, and the Northern Plains Indian Art Market in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and received awards at both markets.

Prices of work for sale can be obtained by contacting The Journey Museum Store at (605) 394-2201. After the exhibit closes contact Lauren Good Day Frank, 3082 Manchester St., Bismarck, ND 58504, gooddaydesigns@hotmail.com, or www.gooddaydesigns.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, SD 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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