Jim Yellowhawk is an enrolled member of the Itazipco Band of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, with Onodoga/Iroquois heritage through his mother. He graduated from Marion College, Indiana and also studied at Columbus School of Art and Design in Ohio. “Traditional spirituality is woven into my daily life, work, practices and way of being,” Yellowhawk says.
Four buffalos in Red, Yellow, White and Black gather around a medicine wheel, pointing in the sacred Four Directions. The Lakota people depended on Pte, the bison, for food, clothing and shelter, and honored them as “The Buffalo People.”
In this design, Jim Yellowhawk embraces Mitakuye Oyasin (“We are all related”), a Lakota belief that all living creatures are family, and can live in harmony and peace.
Part of our Legendary Collection, this design honors stories and symbols of Native American cultures.