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Michael Horse: Jewelry & Ledger Paintings

Saturday October 26, 2019 - Sunday October 27, 2019

Meet Michael Horse at Gathering Tribes on Saturday, October 26th from 11am to 6pm & Sunday, October 27th 11am to 5pm

Michael Horse is a true renaissance man.  He is an award-winning jeweler, ledger painter and actor whose work has been collected by people the world over.   We are excited to see his new works and will be uploading photos as he sends them to us on this page and Gathering Tribes’ Facebook page.  Michael is currently working on making jewelry in 14kt gold as well as sterling silver.  And, he always uses the best stones available.  If he seems very familiar to you, you have probably seen him in movies or television shows.  His most well known character is "Deputy Hawk" in the groundbreaking television series "Twin Peaks".  His most recent move is a remake of Jack London's "Call of the Wild" which will be in theaters sometime after the first of next year, and which he co-stars in with Harrison Ford.

Michael is an award-winning jeweler who works in gold and silver.  He ueses the finest stones available, including high-grade natural turquoise, sugilite, ammolite and coral, among others.  He is most well known for his intricate depictions of katsinas which start out as a flat sheet of silver which he bends and molds into tiny hands, moccasins, headdresses and masks.  He also works in tufa, which is a soft volcanic stone.  The design on the ring, bracelet, earrings or pendant is carved into the tufa.  Then, two of the pieces of tufa are bound together with a hole in the top for molten silver or gold to be poured into.  If there are any microscopic fissures in the tufa it explodes and the entire process must done again. This process gives each piece an interesting, organic texture.

Ledger art is a traditional Native American folk art that came of the Reservation Period of the late 1800s and early 1900s.  When people were first forced onto reservations they were not allowed weapons.  No weapons, no hunting.  No hunting no hides.  Before this time, history and special events were recorded on hides.  After being on the reservation, people used discarded pieces of paper to record history before and after being on the reservation.  Michael Horse uses vintage documents from the Reservation Era and vintage watercolors to create his ledger paintings which depict what life was life before being on the Reservation, and images of what life was like during the Reservation Period.




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