Melvin War Eagle

Melvin War Eagle Ferguson  

Melvin War Eagle (Wanbli Ozuye) was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Melvin’s influences are his own ancestors, all masters of their own art, storytelling, and medicine.

As a boy, Melvin was continually surrounded by Lakota symbols and the designs of his ancestors. His elders would tell the stories of the old ways and the spirits of the land. Generations of culture and legend have flowed through Melvin’s veins from boyhood, compelling him to show the world through art and stories what it means, not only to be Lakota in modern times, but also how the art connects us all. 

This reflection of traditional ancestral art combined with a contemporary modern twist pushes Melvin to express his artwork in unique ways, forever inventing new approaches in art, story, and fashion. This is why Melvin’s artwork is displayed on a variety of media. Melvin War Eagle’s work cannot be easily categorized; his exceptional designs are the product of modern life but they transcend the boundaries of everyday living to recall the magnificence and inspiration of the ancestors.

Seven Fires Art is happy to present the following Native designs by Melvin War Eagle, Wanbli Ozuye: History transported into the 21st Century on beautiful, wearable art.