In 2014, Michael Horse received a call from Winona LaDuke asking him to create a commemorative painting to document the Cowboy Indian Alliance action at the White House. Native Americans and ranchers came together to stop the Keystone XL pipeline which would take tar sands, or oil sands as it is also called, through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.
This print depicts the cowboys and Native Americans on horseback killing the black snake which represents the Keystone XL pipeline. On the left is the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument. On far right is the White House. Each print is personally signed by Michael Horse.
A portion of the sale of each print goes to Honor the Earth, an organization founded by Winona LaDuke to protect and defend the system of life.
Size: 12" H x 18" W - ships in tube
While on film sets as an actor, Michael began creating ledger paintings. Ledger painting is a traditional Native American folk art that came out of the reservation era in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Prior to that time, events such as battles and calendars were depicted on hides using traditional paints. When people were removed from their traditional territories and put on reservations they were not allowed weapons of any kind, so no hides. When people no longer had access to the hides they would find any type of paper and implement to write or draw with to record what was happening prior to being on the reservation, or what life was like being on the reservation.
This pair of 14kt pair of bear paw earrings by Michael Horse have dark teal turquoise from the Bisbee mine in Arizona. These are tufa cast earrings, which is one of the oldest forms on Native American jewelry making. More information about tufa cast jewelry below.
Size: Bear paw earrings are .75" H x .75" W, 14kt ear wires are .75" L
Michael Horse is an award-winning Yaqui jeweler who uses high quality stones in his work including natural high grade turquoise, coral, lapis and more. He is most well known for the intricate katsinas he fabricates in his studio, and he is a master tufa carver. He is also an award-winning ledger painter and actor with many roles in television and film Many people recognize from his role as Deputy Hawk in the ground breaking Twin Peaks television series.
Tufa Jewelry: Tufa is a volcanic stone which can be as dense as chalk which has an organic texture. The first thing a jeweler does is examine a piece of tufa for any tiny fractures. If it looks good, the tufa is cut in half and, if there is a design, it is carved into the tufa. There is a pour hole carved into the top and several narrow vents carved into each side. The two pieces are then bound together tightly and molten silver or gold is poured through the hole at the top. If there are any microscopic cracks, the tufa explodes when the metal is poured in and the process has to begin again.
These detailed wolf earrings by Navajo jeweler, Lucille Platero, have bright blue turquoise set in the center. She detailed the fur around the shoulders and added a heartline. They dangle from sterling silver wires. Perfect for the woman who loves wolves.