"Southwestern Skull - Tatanka" - ORIGINAL
With true Southwestern flair, this Original Native American style Buffalo Skull and Eagle Feather Sand Sculpture (also known as Sand Painting) will complete your home decor. It comes framed and ready to hang on your wall!
"Tatanka" is the Native American Lakota word for "Buffalo."
Buffalo were held in high regarded by the people as a special gift from the Creator, for not only did Buffalo provide food, but also the hide for clothing and shelter, and tools for everyday life. Because Buffalo helped to make life possible, it's Skull became a great symbol in Lakota ritual and ceremony. The Buffalo serves as a reminder of the animal who gives completely of itself for others, and teaches us to be generous and to give to those in need.
*For more detailed info about my sand sculpture technique, read below.*
- Title: "Southwestern Skull - Tatanka"
- Size (unframed): 16x20"
- Size (framed): 20x23"
- Basswood Plywood Base
- Wooden Frame
- Custom Wooden Reusable Protective Covering for Safe Transporting
- Certificate of Authenticity
* Watermarks are used for copyright purposes and are not on the actual product.
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I learned about the traditional Navajo sand art from a Native co-worker during my own service in the US Air Force while I was stationed in New Mexico in the 1990's. After learning the basics of the traditional art form, I developed my own signature sand sculpture style, which literally builds up upon the traditional technique, and have had several consigned sculptures ordered for retirement and farewell gifts.
My signature Sand Sculptures consist completely of hundreds of layers of sand held together with a water/glue mix, which I brush onto the Birch Plywood base, or other wooden base, & each layer of sand thereafter. No moldings are used. The finalized sculpture is coated with a topcoat to ensure stability and adds another level of "sticking power" to the sand. While the sculpture should be handled with care, it is completely touchable, and will not fall apart under normal handling or display.
Unlike beach and mandala sand art, my sand sculptures are completely solid and sculpted to last. (I still own a few of my first sculptures, which have hung in my home for 20 years!) While they should be treated with the same care as a regular painting, dusty sand sculptures can be carefully cleaned with the soft brush of your vacuum cleaner.
The sand is naturally colored, meaning no paint or dyes are used, and is either purchased from Scenic Sand or collected from my travels around the world. For example, White is from Florida's Gulf Coast, Black from Mexico's beaches, Yellow from the country Jordan, Reds & Browns from the Painted Desert in Utah, Pink from Bermuda's beaches, and Tans from Virginia Beach.
Some portions of my sculptures can extend out a couple of inches from the board giving the piece quite a bit of dimension, but make this sort of work very time consuming as the glue mixture must be set before applying the next layer, and there are several hundred layers of sand composing each sculpture.
Videos detailing the multi-dimensional attributes of "Southwestern Skull - Tatanka" and more of my sand sculptures can be viewed here.
In accordance with the "Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990" - This artwork is NOT Native American (Indian) produced. All references to Indigenous Peoples' are utilized in conjunction with the theme of the artwork, and is not to identify the particular artwork as being Indian-Produced.