Jim Yellowhawk grew up on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. He is an enrolled member of the Itazipco Band of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and of the Onondaga/Iroquois on his mother’s side. Yellowhawk has been immersed in the arts of his ancestors since he was a young boy. His grandmother, Annie Yellowhawk, was a traditional beadworker and role model for traditional ways, and his father, Jerry Yellowhawk, is a passionate artist in a variety of mediums. Yellowhawk graduated from Marion College, Indiana, with a Bachelor of Science in Art; he also studied at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. He has brought his art to the international community, including being invited to perform Lakota men’s traditional dance at venues all over the world. Having spent time in New Zealand, he now exhibits his art in galleries there. Yellowhawk’s recent focus in his art has been on healing, including a mural he painted at Eagle Butte Hospital in South Dakota in honor of his late wife, Ruth Yellowhawk. He currently resides in the Black Hills of South Dakota. For more information, please visit his website.
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