Seven Fires is deeply honored to work with many accomplished Native American artists and crafters. Click here to explore the work of artists who contribute significantly to the Seven Fires Mission.
Seven Fires is committed to supporting and promoting indigenous artists wherever they are in their art business journey. Click here for direct links to artist web sites, social media campaigns, and exhibitions!
Scroll down for information about just few of the many wonderful artisans who have contributed to the Seven Fires web site.
Miranda Red Cloud
In addition to carrying on the Red Cloud family quill work tradition, Miranda is employed full time, studies business entrepreneurship at Oglala Lakota College, and is a proud Mom to two daughters.
Theresa Red Feather and Howard Blue Bird
Theresa and Howard are devoted parents and grandparents who supplement their income through their artwork. Howard is a minimalist painter and Theresa's fabric, bead and leather work ranges from custom moccasins to jewelry to traditional clothing.
Kevin Poor Bear
If you visit Pine Ridge village, you are likely to meet Kevin. Wheelchair bound since losing both his feet, Kevin's amazing spirit is the first thing you'll notice. Despite dealing with all the struggles of the Reservation - unimaginable to most Americans, Kevin continues to persevere through his art work, and he relies on the sale of his work to help support his extended family. Seemingly limitless Lakota imagery in his unmistakable style shines through all of his pastel on paper paintings. We have several of his works available, which are not yet listed on the web site; please inquire.
Melvin War Eagle
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.
Shop our exclusive collection of Melvin War Eagle Designs.
Leonard Yellow Horse
“At a very young age I always knew I was an artist. I used to free hand draw cartoons for the Red Shirt Smoke Signal. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be a sculptor. Art runs in the blood on both sides of my family. Whether a person is a painter, cartoonist or Lakota powwow dancer, does beadwork, jewelry, quillwork, or quilting, everyone can be an artist as long as they stick with it.”
Leonard is self-taught and started working with cottonwood in 1991. “It’s a calling from the Elders who want to be seen again, but through the roots. It’s not what I put into the root; the root has a voice and a character of its own. No two pieces are the same. Each piece is unique.”
Leonard’s distinctive figures are carved from cottonwood root sourced from dry riverbeds on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The unique characteristics of each piece of wood dictate the attributes of each figure. Hand carved with details added using a torch tool, each piece is signed with the artist's distinctive signature.
Leonard was born in 1971 in Chadron, Nebraska and has lived most of his life in South Dakota. He currently resides in Rapid City with his wife Lisa Marie and their three children.