In the midst of extreme poverty, Native American arts and crafts
remain a lifeline to traditions of the past
...and to survival in the present.
Seven Council Fires Native Art is a 501c3 nonprofit created to empower and promote Native American artists and crafters and to preserve Native arts traditions through youth outreach, selling opportunities, education, events and projects.
Reservations of the Northern Plains like Pine Ridge in southwest and Cheyenne River in north central South Dakota are the poorest places in the United States.
They are also rich in culture and tradition; places out of time struggling wildly with life in modern America.
Because arts are so prevalent and jobs are so scarce on reservations, as many as one-third of the people depend on the sale of their artwork for all or part of their income.
Native art provides a link to the old ways, connecting generations. Native artists are a true living treasure.
The art of the Oceti Sakowin has emerged through time to help us understand who we all are as Americans.