Lakota Visions - Mitchell Charles Zephier
Ho Wasté (Pretty Voice Hawk)
Zephier of Rapid City, South Dakota grew up on the Cheyenne River and Rosebud
Indian reservations. In 1981 he founded Lakota Visions Traditional Native American
Arts, Crafts and Jewelry. He collaborates with fellow Lakota artists and has mentored
over 34 apprentices in the arts of metal-smithing and marketing.
Mitchell has won numerous awards including first place at Red Earth Show, several
awards at the internationally prestigious Sante Fe Indian Market as well as presented
his work at far off Native American venues like Schimutzun Celebration in Connecticut.
He has also earned the South Dakota Governor's award.
has other forms of artistic expression. His album Cherish the Children won a National
Native Music Award for Best Children's Album. Mitchell Zephier's latest venture
is to team up with fellow artists to explore, on film this time, the issues that
affect the lives of Native Young People in Cloud Horse Production's Lakota 4 Life,
a Zephier inspired look at the issues, decisions, responsibilities and opportunities
facing Native Youth today.
wife is Roxanne Apple Rosebud. Other family members and friends that work on the
jewelry include his son Wakinyan Luta Zephier, Belle Starboy, Webster Two Hawk
Jr., and Roger Dale Herron.
- The Horse Spirit inspires our dreams, awakens passion, carries us far and fast,
and brings us close to our instinctual and authentic nature. Horse enables us
to move beyond our limitations and run freely. Spirit or Medicine Horses were
and are extremely helpful in guidance, healing, protection and ceremony. Horse
represents wisdom, physical power and unearthly power. Horse enables healers to
travel in Spirit energy, using Horse to help guide them to the answer. Horses
are symbols that can express our magical side. Horses are also known as symbols
of freedom and independence.
The eagle is a symbol of power, healing and wisdom. The eagle represents enlightenment
reached through inner work, understanding and reclaiming our personal power. Tenacity,
clear vision and patience, living in balance with Spirit and Earth. Eagle connects
one with Great Spirit, the Great Mystery, opening the soul to greater healing.
It tells you that the universe is giving you the opportunity to fly above your
life's worldly levels, or above the shadow of past realities, granting yourself
permission to be free in order to reach all the joy that your heart desires and