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Kevin Pourier

Kevin and Valerie Pourier are Oglala Lakota. Their home and studio are located on the Pine Ridge Reservation - Medicine Root District, just on the beautiful northern edge of the Badlands area of the reservation. The inspirational and material source of the Pourierʼs work is rightly ascribed to what also happens to be the Lakota Peopleʼs first name, Pte Oyate kin, the Buffalo People. As partners, they are pleased to cultivate the idea that their work not only comes out of the lifeways of the People but is, moreover, a new cultural artform. Working collaboratively, they create elegant - wearable - sculptural forms made of buffalo horn: shaped, carved and inlaid with semiprecious minerals. Traditionally, they also create contemporary Buffalo Horn Spoons and Cups. Many of which, have taken top awards at prestigious national art shows. It is no wonder that they're simple - yet highly refined artform is much sought after by museums, galleries, and art lovers the world over. In the manner of the Lakota way, Kevin and Val have learned by doing. Their love for the lifeways of the Lakota People, their love of the art ways of the many northern plains peoples - all have deepened their understanding and broadened their vision of what Lakota Art was, is, and could be. And throughout their journey, they have learned much that helps them to become better human beings.
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Pourier, Kevin – Buffalo Horn “Double Dragonfly” Sculpture

Kevin and Valerie Pourier are Oglala Lakota. Their home and studio are located on the Pine Ridge Reservation – Medicine Root District, just on the northern edge of the Badlands area of the reservation. The inspirational and material source of the Pourierʼs work is rightly ascribed to what also happens to be the Lakota Peopleʼs first name, Pte Oyate kin, the Buffalo People.  As partners, they are pleased to cultivate the idea that their work not only comes out of the lifeways of the People but is, moreover, a new cultural artform.  Each piece is hand cut from buffalo horn, which is then carved and inlaid with stones.  This is one of Kevin’s iconic “cup”.  It is based on a historic Crazy Horse buffalo horn cup, which was inset with earth pigment colors.  Kevin has modified this concept to create his inlaid versions using part of the buffalo horn.  There are two dragonflies cut into the horn. They are then inlaid with mother-of-pearl shell, which is then polished to give it a shine and smooth surface. It’s striking how the coloration of the horn itself is visible in the black area of the piece.  Kevin’s jewelry and sculpture can be found in museums throughout the US.  He has won numerous awards for his work, including “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2019.  We are pleased to represent his work at our galleries in Santa Fe and Scottsdale.

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$ 3,600.00
Pourier, Kevin – Buffalo Horn Monarch Butterfly Wing Earrings

Kevin and Valerie Pourier are Oglala Lakota. Their home and studio are located on the Pine Ridge Reservation – Medicine Root District, just on the northern edge of the Badlands area of the reservation. The inspirational and material source of the Pourierʼs work is rightly ascribed to what also happens to be the Lakota Peopleʼs first name, Pte Oyate kin, the Buffalo People.  As partners, they are pleased to cultivate the idea that their work not only comes out of the lifeways of the People but is, moreover, a new cultural artform.  Each piece is hand cut from buffalo horn, which is then carved and inlaid with stones.  This is a pair of monarch butterfly wing earrings which are carved and then inlaid with a local sandstone and mother of pearl shell to create the coloration.   So why the monarch butterfly design?  Kevin says:

“There is a picture of Sitting Bull which is probably the thing that inspires me most of all. This is a very famous photo.  There is a monarch wing in his hat band.  Lots of people never even noticed the wing until I point it out.  That photo alone shows me that he knew of the power and the beauty of the butterfly.  Looking at the time that the photo was taken, a time when we were having everything taken from us our way of life, our land, our buffalo, spirituality and our people were being killed, one has to understand what kind of turmoil a leader would be going through, but yet he had the awareness and understanding of all things even the little things like butterflies.”

They are signed on the back, “KP”.  Kevin’s jewelry and sculpture can be found in museums throughout the US.  He has won numerous awards for his work, including “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2019.  We are pleased to represent his work at our galleries in Santa Fe and Scottsdale.  The last photo is of a buffalo horn which he uses as the material for his artwork.

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$ 225.00
Pourier, Kevin – Buffalo Horn Monarch Butterfly Wing Pendant

Kevin and Valerie Pourier are Oglala Lakota. Their home and studio are located on the Pine Ridge Reservation – Medicine Root District, just on the northern edge of the Badlands area of the reservation. The inspirational and material source of the Pourierʼs work is rightly ascribed to what also happens to be the Lakota Peopleʼs first name, Pte Oyate kin, the Buffalo People.  As partners, they are pleased to cultivate the idea that their work not only comes out of the lifeways of the People but is, moreover, a new cultural artform.  Each piece is hand cut from buffalo horn, which is then carved and inlaid with stones.  This is a monarch butterfly pendant which is carved and then inlaid with lapis and turquoise to create the coloration.   So why the monarch butterfly design?  Kevin says:

“There is a picture of Sitting Bull which is probably the thing that inspires me most of all. This is a very famous photo.  There is a monarch wing in his hat band.  Lots of people never even noticed the wing until I point it out.  That photo alone shows me that he knew of the power and the beauty of the butterfly.  Looking at the time that the photo was taken, a time when we were having everything taken from us our way of life, our land, our buffalo, spirituality and our people were being killed, one has to understand what kind of turmoil a leader would be going through, but yet he had the awareness and understanding of all things even the little things like butterflies.”

Kevin’s jewelry and sculpture can be found in museums throughout the US.  He has won numerous awards for his work, including “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2019.  We are pleased to represent his work at our galleries in Santa Fe and Scottsdale.

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$ 225.00
Pourier, Kevin – Buffalo Horn Feather Earrings with Sandstone/Mother of Pearl Inlay

Kevin and Valerie Pourier are Oglala Lakota. Their home and studio are located on the Pine Ridge Reservation – Medicine Root District, just on the northern edge of the Badlands area of the reservation. The inspirational and material source of the Pourierʼs work is rightly ascribed to what also happens to be the Lakota Peopleʼs first name, Pte Oyate kin, the Buffalo People.  As partners, they are pleased to cultivate the idea that their work not only comes out of the lifeways of the People but is, moreover, a new cultural artform.  Each piece is hand cut from buffalo horn, which is then carved and inlaid with stones.  These earrings are made from buffalo horn and inlaid with sandstone and mother-of-pearl shell.  The result is the modernization of a feather in color and style.  Kevin’s jewelry and sculpture can be found in museums throughout the US.  He has won numerous awards for his work, including “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2019.  We are pleased to represent his work at our galleries in Santa Fe and Scottsdale.

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$ 245.00
Pourier, Kevin – Buffalo Horn Feather Earrings with Lapis/Mother of Pearl Inlay

Kevin and Valerie Pourier are Oglala Lakota. Their home and studio are located on the Pine Ridge Reservation – Medicine Root District, just on the northern edge of the Badlands area of the reservation. The inspirational and material source of the Pourierʼs work is rightly ascribed to what also happens to be the Lakota Peopleʼs first name, Pte Oyate kin, the Buffalo People.  As partners, they are pleased to cultivate the idea that their work not only comes out of the lifeways of the People but is, moreover, a new cultural artform.  Each piece is hand cut from buffalo horn, which is then carved and inlaid with stones.  These earrings are made from buffalo horn and inlaid with lapis and mother-of-pearl shell.  The result is the modernization of a feather in color and style.  Kevin’s jewelry and sculpture can be found in museums throughout the US.  He has won numerous awards for his work, including “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2019.  We are pleased to represent his work at our galleries in Santa Fe and Scottsdale.

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$ 245.00
Pourier, Kevin – Buffalo Horn Feather Pendant with Lapis/Mother of Pearl Inlay

Kevin and Valerie Pourier are Oglala Lakota. Their home and studio are located on the Pine Ridge Reservation – Medicine Root District, just on the northern edge of the Badlands area of the reservation. The inspirational and material source of the Pourierʼs work is rightly ascribed to what also happens to be the Lakota Peopleʼs first name, Pte Oyate kin, the Buffalo People.  As partners, they are pleased to cultivate the idea that their work not only comes out of the lifeways of the People but is, moreover, a new cultural artform.  Each piece is hand cut from buffalo horn, which is then carved and inlaid with stones.  This pendant is made from buffalo horn and inlaid with lapis and mother-of-pearl shell.  The result is the modernization of a feather in color and style.  Kevin’s jewelry and sculpture can be found in museums throughout the US.  He has won numerous awards for his work, including “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2019.  We are pleased to represent his work at our galleries in Santa Fe and Scottsdale.

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$ 185.00
Pourier, Kevin – Buffalo Horn Dragonfly Pendant

Kevin and Valerie Pourier are Oglala Lakota. Their home and studio are located on the Pine Ridge Reservation – Medicine Root District, just on the northern edge of the Badlands area of the reservation. The inspirational and material source of the Pourierʼs work is rightly ascribed to what also happens to be the Lakota Peopleʼs first name, Pte Oyate kin, the Buffalo People.  As partners, they are pleased to cultivate the idea that their work not only comes out of the lifeways of the People but is, moreover, a new cultural artform.  Each piece is hand cut from buffalo horn, which is then carved and inlaid with stones.  This pendant is carved in the shape of a dragonfly from buffalo horn.  It is inlaid with golden lip shell.  The coloration of the shell and its iridescence is mindful of the wings of the dragonfly.  Kevin’s jewelry and sculpture can be found in museums throughout the US.  He has won numerous awards for his work, including “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2019.  We are pleased to represent his work at our galleries in Santa Fe and Scottsdale.

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$ 425.00
Pourier, Kevin – Buffalo Horn Three Monarch Butterfly Necklace

Kevin and Valerie Pourier are Oglala Lakota. Their home and studio are located on the Pine Ridge Reservation – Medicine Root District, just on the northern edge of the Badlands area of the reservation. The inspirational and material source of the Pourierʼs work is rightly ascribed to what also happens to be the Lakota Peopleʼs first name, Pte Oyate kin, the Buffalo People.  As partners, they are pleased to cultivate the idea that their work not only comes out of the lifeways of the People but is, moreover, a new cultural artform.  Each piece is hand cut from buffalo horn, which is then carved and inlaid with stones.  This necklace has three connected monarch butterflies which are carved and then inlaid with local sandstone and mother of pearl shell to create the coloration.   So why the monarch butterfly design?  Kevin says:

“There is a picture of Sitting Bull which is probably the thing that inspires me most of all. This is a very famous photo.  There is a monarch wing in his hat band.  Lots of people never even noticed the wing until I point it out.  That photo alone shows me that he knew of the power and the beauty of the butterfly.  Looking at the time that the photo was taken, a time when we were having everything taken from us our way of life, our land, our buffalo, spirituality and our people were being killed, one has to understand what kind of turmoil a leader would be going through, but yet he had the awareness and understanding of all things even the little things like butterflies.”

Kevin’s jewelry and sculpture can be found in museums throughout the US.  He has won numerous awards for his work, including “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2019.  We are pleased to represent his work at our galleries in Santa Fe and Scottsdale.

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$ 650.00
Pourier, Kevin – Buffalo Horn 17 Inlaid Dragonflies Sculpture

Kevin and Valerie Pourier are Oglala Lakota. Their home and studio are located on the Pine Ridge Reservation – Medicine Root District, just on the northern edge of the Badlands area of the reservation. The inspirational and material source of the Pourierʼs work is rightly ascribed to what also happens to be the Lakota Peopleʼs first name, Pte Oyate kin, the Buffalo People.  As partners, they are pleased to cultivate the idea that their work not only comes out of the lifeways of the People but is, moreover, a new cultural artform.  Each piece is hand cut from buffalo horn, which is then carved and inlaid with stones.  This is one of Kevin’s iconic “cup”.  It is based on a historic Crazy Horse buffalo horn cup, which was inset with earth pigment colors.  Kevin has modified this concept to create his inlaid versions using part of the buffalo horn.  There are 17 dragonflies cut into the horn. They are then inlaid with mother-of-pearl shell, which is then polished to give it a shine and smooth surface.  It is a stunning piece in the complexity of design and creativity.  Kevin’s jewelry and sculpture can be found in museums throughout the US.  He has won numerous awards for his work, including “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2019.  We are pleased to represent his work at our galleries in Santa Fe and Scottsdale.

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$ 9,500.00
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