September 16th, 2019 Last Updated on: September 16th, 2019
Listen to my interview with TK Richardson. TK Richardson is known for his ledger art. He recently found his calling with his art and this year was the featured on the merchandise for the Sante Fe Indian Market.
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"Little Blessings" Inspired by my Díné relatives and teachings; the basket design represents the worlds in which they had traveled through. The red flares in the openings describes how thin the doorway to the spirit world is and its influence on our world, and our influence on that world. The humming bird is seen and respected like the Eagle, when seen you give thanks for the little blessing that creator has brought to you. Seeing the humming bird is like seeing deja vu, letting you know you are on the right path. If any of my Díné friends have anything else to add then feel free. I'm only Lakota and am still learning so that i may teach my kids the same values within both of their tribes 😊 **PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE ON MY WEBSITE. LINK IN THE BIO!** #coupcountdesignz #ledgerartist #ledgerart #oglalalakota #hummingbird #navajobasket #díné #navajo #watercolor #antiqueledgerpaper #prismacolor
Tokeya Waci U (Comes Dancing First), is a member of the Oglala Lakota and Haliwa-Saponi Tribes. He has had the opportunity to travel all over this Indigenous land eversince he was a baby.
He was born in Manhattan, NYC, and then lived in various places throughout his childhood. But two places that had impact was his hometown in the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, and also Hollister, NC. He learned about the cultural aspects in both tribes growing up in these communities and he now introduces them within his art.
He later graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS with a Liberal Arts Degree focusing on fine art. He also studied Psychology and Theatre art at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.
He has always been an artist since he was a child. He would often draw dinosaurs and dragons only to cut them out and use them as his toys. Throughout high school, he would draw posters and sell them so that he could make his travel money for college. As he went to college, he learned how to make beadwork and thats when his skills of Native American artistry grew. Only a year and a half ago was when he was drawing for art therapy and got the idea of applying his artistic abilities towards the Native American art style of Ledger Art. He had then found his true calling to portray life's experiences, strengthing and empowering all Indigenous people through his art.
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