A Note from our General Manager: Dan Tribby
It is with a real mixture of sadness and joy for the Sioux Trading Post and Prairie Edge that we have to say farewell to a long-time employee and friend Michael Lekberg. Michael has decided that it is time to turn in his work apron and beading needles for gardening, travel and family time. After nearly 30 years of association with both the Sioux Trading Post and Prairie Edge, Michael will no longer be punching the clock after Friday November 13th.
Michael is well known around the country and the world by his many customers and artist friends who have sought him out for technical assistance or just to share time with a being that has truly devoted much of his life to Native culture and history. An accomplished beader and craftsman, and by far the most knowledgeable bead person I have ever met, Michael has been a source of wonderful information for all of us.
Known as a fair and compassionate buyer, Michael has spent thousands of hours admiring beadwork and other crafts from both Native and non-Native artists from all over the country. Sometimes with a critical eye, but always with a warm and gracious heart, Michael has helped many people break into the business of traditional Native American Art.
Michael has been a wonderful traveling partner on our trips through the western parts of America in search of new products and new artists. It has been a pleasure to be able to share all of the adventures and to have the opportunities to learn so much about the history of the People of the Plains.
From all of the crew here at Prairie Edge and the Sioux Trading Post, I think I can speak for all of the folks whose lives you have enhanced over the years. Thank you for all of your contributions to all of us. Have a great time in the garden with the dogs and all of the other things that we know will be occupying your days. The best of all to you and your family. Enjoy all of the things that you have worked so hard for all of these years.
Dan and the Staff
November is Native American Heritage Month:
Here is an excerpt from the Proclamation;
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION:
"Native Americans have helped make America what it is today. As we reflect on our history, we must acknowledge the unfortunate chapters of violence, discrimination, and deprivation that went on for far too long, as well as the effects of injustices that continue to be felt. While we cannot undo the pain and tragedy of the past, we can set out together to forge a brighter future of progress and hope across Indian Country and the entire American landscape.
This month, let us reaffirm our responsibility to ensure each generation is defined by a greater sense of opportunity than the last, and let us pledge to maintain our strong relationship with tribal nations across America. By keeping this commitment, and by endeavoring to shape a future in which every citizen has the chance to build a life worthy of their hopes and dreams, we can ensure that ours is a country that is true to our spirit and to our enduring promise as a land where all things are possible for all people.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2015 as National Native American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 27, 2015, as Native American Heritage Day."
~Barack Obama, President of the United States
We are thankful for the acknowledgement of our brothers and sisters of this great nation and we will continue the hard work of education about our culture.
Locally, we participate in the celebration of Thanksgiving, we have so many family and friends who come to visit during this holiday, and downtown Rapid City is on board for family friendly events like the Festival of Lights on Saturday, November 28th starting at around 6pm. Santa Claus will be visiting Main Street Square on November 28th, so bring the kiddies and your list of requests for Santa!
This is also Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate Mom and Pop operations and that describes us perfectly. We are one of many small galleries in the area who are operated by locals and support locals, and spend our money locally. We are thankful for all of the support from folks like yourself who embrace the family values of small businesses.
On November 15th, 2015 our Paul Goble exhibition will be ending. We are thankful for all of the kind words, well wishers and great friends and family who came to the reception and have since made many purchases of this wonderful artists work. If you are still interested in viewing what we have left, just send us an e-mail or give us a call and we can get some information out to you.
Prairie Edge will host the fourth annual Holiday Miniature Show, showcasing works of the Artists of the Black Hills (ABH) organization. The show opens on Friday, November 20 with a free artists’ reception on Friday, December 4th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The exhibition will showcase small works created in time for the holiday shopping season from ABH members. Artwork includes numerous mediums and styles of painting, sculpting, photography, printmaking, jewelry, collage and assemblage and only consists of small pieces of art, the largest being six by six inches.