Pourier, Kevin – Buffalo Horn “Beaded” Flower Motif 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 has a very intricately carved and designed flower motif. The imagery is inspired by beadwork and captures the flow and simplicity of those designs. It is inlaid with turquoise, shell, coral and malachite. There is also something new with this piece, as Kevin also carved the bale (the part the chain goes through) from buffalo horn! It makes a more elegant appearance to the entire pendant.
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.