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Artists, Roadtrips, Thunder Beings & Ceremony
Craft Sale: 20% off Czech glass beads
Used on belts, draggers, and hat bands, our collection of domed conchos are available in German Silver or Brass and a range of sizes, from 1 to 3 inches.
* Sale ends April 30, 2012.
Hooray for Spring!
Here in the Hills, April has started with beautiful spring weather - trees and plants are beginning to bud, birds are returning, and our staff is getting ready for a busy season ahead filled with road trips to visit new artists and reconnect with old friends, the excitement of the Pow Wow Trail, and the thrill of welcoming in new, spectacular artwork from amazing artists.
A Chat with Artist Donald Montileaux
The other day we chatted with world renowned ledger artist Donald Montileaux and got an inside look at his studio.
We couldn't pass up the chance to record our interview with such a phenomenal artist and share our up close experience with such a great man - reveal some of the meaning behind his work, what inspires him, and his greatest mentors.
Call for Artists!
Every April for the past several years, Michael (from the Sioux Trading Post) and Dan (our General Manager) enjoy a few days away from the store and take a trip to Montana's Northern Cheyenne and Crow reservations where they meet with new artists, catch up with old friends, and of course, purchase some beautiful new artwork for the store.
Come out and see them - the trip begins April 26!
Black Hills State University Pow Wow
BHSUs annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi is April 13 - 15 - it's open to the public and a great opportunity to enjoy traditional food, see beautiful regalia, watch amazing dancers, listen to the haunting sounds of Native song, and experience the powerful, heart throbbing beat of the legendary drum.
We'll see you there with our Bead & Bookmobile!
Thunder Beings & Ceremony
To many Northern Plains Tribes, this time of the year also marks the beginning of the ceremonial season and welcomes the return of the Thunder Beings.
These contradictory beings are believed to possess the power to give life, but also take it away...and in the Spring, these forces are at their most awesome when the beauty and fragility of life and rebirth are contrasted so sharply with thunderous storms and the destruction they can bring.
Native Gallery Feature: Ceremonial Art
Featured Music: Ceremonial Prayer & Pipe Songs
Always treated with respect and honor, Native American ceremonial songs are sacred gifts from tribal ancestors as they pass on spiritual lessons and share beliefs with future generations.
Featured Herb: Flat Cedar
According to ancient Lakota beliefs, it is said that the Thunder Beings are very fond of the smell of cedar and will never strike a cedar tree with its lightning and is often used in prayer to thank them for bringing vital spring rains.
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