KEVIN POURIER (OGLALA LAKOTA)
Buffalo horn carver Kevin Pourier has been working at his craft on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota for nearly 20 years. “I take great pride in working with the same material that my ancestors used. I feel most connected to my Lakota culture when I work with the buffalo horn. I am humbled every day I am in the studio that the buffalo is providing my family a way to live just as it has for centuries for Plains peoples,” says Pourier. Among works Pourier brings to the 2018 market include Float Like a Butterfly—buffalo horn cut, carved and inlaid with crushed sandstone and mother of pearl—and a pair of Hollywood Indian sunglasses made from buffalo horn and inlaid with various materials. “In my work today I am telling my story as a 21st century Lakota man,” Pourier muses.