This traditional bonnet is beaded on deer skin and lined with a beautiful floral calico print. Cheyenne pink, greasy yellow, dark red, navy blue and white seed and seed cut beads were used. It is adorned with red dyed horse hair, vintage gold mini coins, dentallium shells, pink concho shell, and imported Italian lace.
Lakota fully beaded buckskin top
A commissioned piece that depicts the battle of Little Big Horn and the women waiting for their Akicita's (warriors) to come home. Do not use this photo without permission.
Beautiful Handmade Beadwork
By Oglala Lakota
Terra’s passion is in creating baby items, turtles and lizards, baby moccasins, dresses, bonnets, and clothing. Although she enjoys making traditional items, Terra also enjoys making contemporary jewelry and items. A collector of vintage clothing, bags, and purses, Terra often incorporates these into her beadwork creations.
Currently you can find Terra's work at Sage and Silver Americana in Rapid City, SD; Crazy Horse Monument in Custer, SD; and The Comanche Tourism Center in Lawton, OK.
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A graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University, Terra Houska was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. A lifelong, lover of the arts, Terra has integrated her Lakota, Cheyenne, and Czech ancestries into her beadwork technique research for the past 15 years.