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Located in the Midwestern region of the United States, South Dakota is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes. With Mount Rushmore as the main tourist attraction of the state, South Dakota’s culture and art remain strongly influenced by the state’s Native American ancestors and surrounding rural areas. We take a look at ten must-see art galleries and museums from Sioux Falls to Rapid City and historic Deadwood.
Located in downtown Rapid City, Prairie Edge Gallery is two floors high with a brick, wood and glass exterior. Inside the gallery is the spirit of the Old West with a distinct smell of sweetgrass and the sound of the Lakota flute. Featuring a range of local artists’ work from Charles and Hazel Fast Horse who created intricate beadwork, to ceremonial buffalo robes and tribal dress or Dawn Yellow Banks’ bags and purses. The gallery also includes a collection of Christopher Marley’s insect art as well as Native American-themed paintings, paper sculptures, musical ornaments, and much more.
Prairie Edge Gallery, 606 Main Street, Rapid City, SD, USA, +1 800 541 2388
Visit Sioux Pottery Factory to meet the ceramics artists working here, see their pottery being made and their selection of their decorative objects. Sioux pottery is made from the red clay of the Black Hills in South Dakota; each piece is crafted by Sioux Indian artists and decorated with designs important to their Lakota culture. The buffalo, for example, is a recurring motif and appears everywhere from the spoons to tipis. In Sioux culture, every part of the buffalo that was not used for food was put to good use; the buffalo is now worshipped as a sacred animal.