Sonja Holy Eagle
Artist in Residence
If you are in Rapid City, stop by the Sonja's gallery. Sonja's fabulous floor drumSonja Holy Eagle painting  one of her drumsElk design on a natural skin drumEnjoy this deer robe, handsomely decorated with horses for the four directions while buffalo dance in the sacred circle.This is Sonja's own hand print, and two of the fingers are adorned with eagle feathers. Around the sacred circle you see the colors of the four directions and above the hand is the Big Dipper.The couple on this drum are standing together within his blanket - signifying they are indeed a couple.A pile of drums is stacked on the floor at the gallery waiting for Sonja's special artistic treatment
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Sonja Holy Eagle was born in Eagle Butte, South Dakota and lived on both the Cheyenne River
and Pine Ridge Reservations. Her father was in the military so Sonja’s family moved around frequently, thus she also had opportunity to stay with her grandparents often, and spent a great deal of time with her grandfather, James Holy Eagle

Sonja is a self-taught artist; her love for drawing began when as a child she would spend hours copying cartoons from newspaper, simply to entertain herself.

Surrounded by tribal artists, Sonja's talent blossomed. Her grandparents traditional art deeply influenced her, and her mother Cathy Brings Horse,  a life-long Star Quilt maker was able to to help Sonja learn about the craft of using of color.  Sonja also learned about traditional designs by creating beautiful beadwork.

Sonja's artwork combines her unique, whimsical style with structured traditional designs, her figures - two-legged or four, dance across the traditional drums that are piled and hung around 'Dakota Drum' and which are coveted by collectors around the world. Unsurprisingly she has earned a litany of awards for her work.

Sonja Holy Eagle
You can meet Sonja in person and visit her gallery in the Black Hills on our "I Am Lakota," "Lakota Dreamkeeper" and "It's ALL Indian Country" tours. We encourage you to visit Sonja at her website www.dakotadrum.com where her work is available for sale.
- March/April 2012 -
April/May 2012 Artist in Residence: Don Montileaux (Lakota)
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