Native American artist, Irona Howe is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
I would like to introduce my beautiful Lakota friend, Irona Howe. She is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe where she lives on the reservation in Dupree, South Dakota. Howe is a new and aspiring artist who makes beautiful beadwork with traditional Native American influenced patterns and designs. As a single mother, she has found her stay at home hobby to be quite popular and it has kept her so busy that she has developed a waiting list for her beadwork. She has made everything from beaded belts, bracelets, beaded horse tack, large beaded mirrors and other pieces of art that incorporate both leather and beads.
Every piece of beautiful art is made by Irona to be your very own.
Irona was first influenced by her parents who always seemed to find passion in working with leather or creating pieces of art with beadwork. Irona’s father owns his own saddle shop in which she uses his leather scraps to create her very own exquisite beaded masterpieces. Her mother also taught her how to bead the traditional Peyote stitch when she was 7 years old. Since then, she has also taught herself to use a beading loom for many of her art pieces.
These beautiful belts are beaded by Irona and the leather work is created by her father.
Howe knew that she loved working with beads and leather but she also had a frustration in seeing the same patterns and stereotypical designs by others that supposedly make a piece “Native American.” She creates her one of a kind beadwork because there is so much satisfaction in making art for each person. “They will wear it forever and pass it down to their family with a story to go along with it,” says Howe.
Howe feels that when she makes something she creates it especially for the individual so that they get their own personal fulfillment out of her art that will last forever. She tries very hard to create art that has meaning to the individual and strives to have no design like another.
It may be hard to believe after seeing her work but Howe never has a hard time letting a new piece of art go. She knows in her heart that it belongs to the person who requested it and it is for them to enjoy and cherish. “It’s for them now, they own it,” says Howe.
You can view more examples of Irona’s beautiful beaded artwork through her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ironava . She is planning on creating a website in the near future to display her work. You can also message me if you would like more information regarding purchasing Irona’s work at www.reservationlakota.com
Today I received my very own beautiful bracelet from Irona Howe. This bracelet displays the four traditional colors of the Lakota medicine wheel, Red, Black, White, and Yellow. I cannot express how honored I am to wear an original Irona Howe piece of art! This bracelet means so much to me including the two stars which represent my Lakota name, “Compassionate Two Star Woman,” and that it was made by such a wonderful Lakota woman!
Pilamaya ye (thank you),