Authentic Native American Lakota Indian Buffalo Nickel Earrings
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Zephier - Lakota
NE448 $56 SOLD
Paula says - "These earrings are real Buffalo Indian Head Nickels from which the artist has cut away the background leaving the silhouettes. Amazing!"
Mitchell Charles Zephier
Mitchell Zephier grew up on the Cheyenne River and Rosebud Indian reservations. After marrying on Roxanne Apple Rosebud he gave rebirth to Plains Indian Jewelry, particularly Lakota metal adornment. He has mentored over 34 apprentices in the arts of metal-smithing and marketing.
Mitch collaborates with fellow Lakota artists. Mitch 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.
Mitch 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.
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.
BUFFALO - The buffalo as well as humankind were believed to have emerged from the womb of Mother Earth. All things were created by Wankan Tanka (Great Spirit). The Lakota, the buffalo and the land were as one, as all of nature. There could not be one without the other. Wankan Tanka created them as all things, and extinction was inconceivable.
FOUR COLORS - The four colors symbolize the four directions, the four races, the four seasons and the four Lakota virtues of generosity, bravery, fortitude, and wisdom.