Carved Cottonwood Nativity - Set of Nine
Nine figures--man, woman and baby in cradleboard plus three wise men and a buffalo family--make a beautiful Nativity.
Mr. Yellow Horse tells us these people already reside in the wood and he simply finds them. The cottonwood roots are sourced from dry riverbeds on the Pine Ridge Reservation-locations can be treacherous! Then the contour and unique characteristics of each root dictates the form of the piece. All are signed with the artist's distinctive winged symbol (see last photo). Hand carved with details added using a torch tool.
Leonard's work was featured in Indian Country Media Network.