Today, we are experiencing  one of our pre-spring storms with high winds, snow, fog, you know the usual and thankfully when you live on the prairie you know what's coming and can be prepared. So let's talk about things that make us feel warm and fuzzy inside.

From our Native American Gallery:
New to the gallery are jewelry pieces by Lakota artist Jim Yellowhawk who is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Jim is not a new artist to us, he is a long time friend and artist to our Fine Art Gallery, he creates 3D media art, lithographs and is a huge motorcycle enthusiast. He was even commissioned to paint a special bike for Indian Motorcycle. So this is yet another thing he can add to his life long art career resume.

New to the Book and Music Store:
From the music store, we are excited to share the newest Pow Wow cd from our local He Sapa Wacipi (Pow Wow). This local Pow Wow happens every October here in the Black Hills and it attracts dancers, singers, drum groups and much more from the area and the region.

From the bookstore, it has been our goal to always promote the culture of the Northern Plains Native Americans and one important part of every culture would be the ancient language of the Oyate (people). We are now carrying the "New Lakota Dictionary - Pro" in DVD format. It is the same dictionary that is available in book form with added audio sounds such as example sentences, grammar updates and more.

Another important addition from the Lakota Language consortium is a 10 audio compact disc set with instructional booklets. The "Lakota Audio Series: A Practical Conversation Course" makes learning fun and helps to teach a better understanding of the Lakota language.

Bookmobile Trips:
The bookstore and Sioux Trading Post are collaborating on more book mobile trips and are encouraged by the great responses we have gotten from teachers and staff at all the schools we have visited. If you are a school or teacher and have any questions about our programs for purchase orders please feel free to contact us (800-541-2388 or 800-456-3394) and we will be happy to assist. Frank says that we are helping schools with their next school season needs right now.

From the Fine Art Gallery:
Mick B. Harrison approaches his subjects with a straight-forward style. He is best known for his insightful portrayal of western and prairie life. His artistic efforts capture moments of everyday life.

With an interest in the works of early illustrators, Mick has studied the styles of those artists he admires, most notably Harvey Dunn and other 20th century illustrators. His loosely constructed outdoor paintings have an impressionistic quality.

“I’m particularly interested in maintaining a certain hardiness in my work, much like the nature of my subject matter.” His subjects are reflective of his rural roots. Mick’s personal style has naturally evolved along with a career that spans nearly 40 years.

Mick works from his home studio near Belle Fourche, South Dakota. 

From the Sioux Trading Post:
Waci Waci! Everybody Dance! And we are headed to the Denver March Pow Wow, March 20, 21 & 22. Michael and Nancy have been preparing since last year to make the return trip to this very popular Pow Wow. They will be set up in the Arcade on the lower level, right near the Grand Entry staging area, so stop by and say Hi if you get to make this grand historical event.

If you need us to bring something for you give us a call and we'll throw it in the van along with the other supplies we are bringing, beads, needles, cloth, botanicals, etc…

If you want to add your Pow Wow dates to our calendar send your information via e-mail at and we will add it for you.

Take care folks and thank you for joining us. Be safe and know that spring is just around the corner.

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