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Wakpa Waste Artist Group

Wakpa Wasté (GoodRiver) Artist Group is a grassroots organization that began June 2018 to support a market place where artists can directly sell to customers and benefit from the tourism in Cheyenne River. They strive to promote Lakota art and artists. The Wakpa Waste Artist Market happens every pay day Friday during the summer months along Highway 212 and on special holidays at the CRST Bingo Hall. The Wakpa Waste Artist Market is open to all Cheyenne River Lakota Artists! You can find a variety of contemporary and traditional artwork there! Beadwork, quilts, ribbon skirts, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and much more! If you are a Cheyenne River Lakota Artist you can set up for free! They're is a limited amount of chairs and tables available for your use at no charge.


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Paulette Eagle Staff and Patrick Red Dog (not pictured). More to come!

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Cheryl Red Bear is an elder from the Cheyenne River Lakota Oyate (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe). She is a full-blooded Minnecoujou/Itazipco (People by the Water and Without Bows,) enrolled in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She comes from the Fights the Thunder tiospaye (family). She is third oldest of eight children born to Emmanuel and Irene Red Bear. Cheryl grew up in the communities of Thunder Butte and Bear Creak, located on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation, which has a land base of 2.8 million acres. She has been sewing since she was a young girl, today still sewing small projects and star quilts of many color and designs. She is proud to be able to utilize her healthy lifestyles and traditional values and share that with our new Seventh Generation to carry out our traditional cultural and language.

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Craig (not pictured) and Juanita Zephier is a Cheyenne River Lakota elder. Raised by her Unci who spoke only in Lakota introduced her to life along the Cheyenne River (Wakpa Waste). It was here that Unci's teachings were instilled into her memory. By repetition of her knowledge and stories of the spiritual strength and courage of our ancestors were to prepare her for the future to come. The spirit of our ancestors remain through the teaching and learning of Native American arts. Not to profit by but mostly to live by. Her and her husband, Craig, have made regalia for men, women, and children. While Craig still makes regalia, Juanita, does small beading projects to make necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. 

Upcoming Wakpa Waste Artist Market Dates

Stay tuned for updated Market dates!

If you have any questions about the Wakpa Waste Artist Group or would like to set up at an Artist Market please contact Cheryl at 605-218-0723 or Paulette at 605-964-7068.

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