This art piece is made from smoked deer hide, hand sewn with sinew, glass beads, brass button, 365 aged hand rolled jingles. Leather is hand dyed with earth dyes. The yellow stands for the corn pollen. Beaded and sewn by hand.
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This cloak is a reproduction of a traditional piece that could be worn by a male or female. This piece would be highly seen as a treasured piece of clothing. The butterfly is a strong symbol in the Apache tribe. Often seen today on the Crown Dancers outfits. The 365 hand rolled and aged jingles would sound very strong in any dance. Beaded and sewn by hand.
Supaya’s education comes from living on different reservations, Cherokee reservation, Pine Ridge South Dakota Lakota reservation, and the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Learning from elders, seeing and sharing old designs, listening and learning old stories. It was and is a good school for the heart. All her artwork is inspired by her time on the reservations.
Best in Show: Decorative Objects of Art, By Western Hands Invitational 2022