Lakota Crafters Red Knife Sheath Necklace by Juan Espinosa
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This 8" parfleche knife sheath, with a parfleche knife insert, is painted with acrylic paint. It is red with a yellow bear paw pattern. It uses the colors yellow, red, blue and green. On the knife, there is a bear paw print. This piece also features buckskin fringe, a brass cone and round beads. The necklace measures 25" in length.
Juan Espinosa's art work is a family tradition that is a dying art culture. He learned his techniques from his father who married his mother, a member of the Oglala Sioux. Juan's mother taught his father the Oglala Sioux art and culture ways of life. This is still their way of living today and is what provides food for their family. Juan teaches his children this way of life as well.