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Chief Blackhawk

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"ALL THINGS SHARE THE SAME BREATH- THE BEAST, THE TREE, THE MAN... THE AIR SHARES ITS SPIRIT WITH ALL THE LIFE IT SUPPORTS." -CHIEF SEATTLE DWAMISH

Welcome to my online catalog, My name is Spider and I am the artist who creates the Native American masks and reproductions found within the pages of this site. My interests have expanded and grown from over twenty years of tattooing to sculpting masks and reproducing relics from the many Native American tattoos I have created.

My own background in Native Americans dates back to the nineteenth century. My great, great grandfather was a French fur trader who came to this area to form a business relationship with the Menominee tribe. My great great grandmother was from the Menominee Nation. On 5/10/03 I and my new wife Gloria had our Native American wedding ceremony on top of a 1200ft. cliff at Royal Gorge in Canon City, Colorado. It was at this time that we were presented with 2 Golden Eagle feathers by Bobby "Swift Eagle" Tafoya Sr.as he adopted us into the Santa Clara Mountain Pueblo Nation. It is with honor to my ancestors that I capture the Native American spirit. I invite you to visit the "Nation" section of this site and view some of the photographs from our wedding.

I create these masks from actual photographs and research their backgrounds. Each mask has a date and a name, and thus no two masks are exactly alike. The materials I use are indicative of each tribal culture. The feathers and ornaments are from the tribe's origin; each adornment tells a story. I research the face paintings from The Complete Indian Customs Encyclopedia, so every mask is a true replication of the Native American it embodies. Each mask is made from deer buckskin or pigskin and adorned with French cut glass, turquoise, and bone pipe. I use only authentic materials to create these masks. After I complete each mask, I cleanse and purify it in the ancient blessing rites of a smudging session.

I hope you appreciate these masks as much as I enjoy creating them.