Mitchell Charles Zephier
Ho Wasté (Pretty Voice Hawk)
Zephier grew up on the Cheyenne River and Rosebud Indian reservations. After marrying
on Roxanne Apple Rosebud he gave re-birth to Plains Indian Jewelry, particularly
Lakota metal adornment. He has mentored over 34 apprentices in the arts of metal-smithing
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.
members and friends that work on the jewelry include his son Wakinyan Luta Zephier
, Belle Starboy, Webster Two Hawk Jr., and Roger Dale Herron.
FOUR SACRED COLORS
Native Americans view the world as having four directions. Each direction has
a special meaning and color associated with it. The Lakota use the colors black,
red, yellow and white to represent the four directions. For some, the colors represent
the four seasons and the changes we make on our journey through life. Every tribe
and every person has their own beliefs and you should use what best represents
what you believe.