Pourier, Kevin – Buffalo Horn Monarch Butterfly Bracelet

7.25" around, 3/4" opening

$ 3,800.00

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 bracelet carved from buffalo horn and there are 5 butterflies carved into the surface.  Each butterfly is inlaid with turquoise and lapis.  The bodies are rounded out and the wings highly detailed!  Check out the background area, which Kevin etches with small circles to create both a texture and a visual contrast to the polished designs.  The bracelet can be worn, but it also a work of art which can be displayed!

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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