All posts by Rose Kern

I am enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. I have been working here at Prairie Edge since 1989. It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with so many talented artists and crafts people.

Muskrat and Skunk: Sinkpe na Maka (A Lakota Drum Story).

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, Prairie Edge Book and Music store will be hosting an author’s book signing by our friend and colleague Don Montileaux. Don is an enrolled member of the Oglala/Lakota, Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation of South Dakota and has established himself as a respected Fine Art artist, Author and Mentor.

Don has been a supporter of Lakota youth and has mentored many young artists in our area.

Don Montileaux’s latest children’s book, Muskrat and Skunk (Sinkpe na Maka), A Lakota Drum Story, tells of the very first pow-wow on earth. Written in both the English and Lakota languages, Montileaux’s story is brimful of delightful woodland scenes by the author himself. (Agnes Gay provides the Lakota translation of the English text.)

In the beginning, there was a muskrat and a skunk living in the forest. Both discover tools of nature that allow them to create drumbeats on a log. The music they create, the drumbeats, entice an entire population of woodland creatures into a circle of dance. The contemporary Lakota pow-wow mirrors the dance animated by the charming animal illustrations in the book.

A story which would entertain a wide range of readers, especially with its emphasis on Lakota translation, and the author’s fantastic and fun animal drawings, the book is primarily a children’s book. It was funded, in part, by the Great Plains Education Foundation, Inc., in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and the author dedicates the book to ‘ …all the grandchildren in the world.’

Don will be available here, in the store from 11am – 2pm to talk about his newest children’s storytelling book Muskrat and Skunk: Sinkpe na Maka, A Lakota Drum Story and his other children’s stories that are available in the book and music store. Join us to help celebrate this wonderful artist, author and friend.

May 6th is our 2017 Open House event. We are excited to show off the many new products we are carrying this season and many of the “tried and true” items such as Star Quilts, Pendleton blankets, Filson clothing, jewelry and more! We are expecting artists and crafts folk who will show off their talents in so many ways. We will be serving food and refreshments. There will be sign ups for door prizes from Filson and a main event prize from American Dakota Rug Company.

Our doors open at 10:00am and we will be here until 6:00pm, artists will be set up between 11am – 3pm. Stop in and enjoy the works of these local artists & crafts people, this will also be your chance to have a good visit with them. We’ll have,

Wade Patton, Oil Pastel and Ledger artist (Rapid City, SD)
Del Iron Cloud, Acrylic & Watercolor artist (Rapid City, SD)
Susan Gulbranson, Pine Needle Baskets (Rapid City, SD)
Don Farnsworth, Wood Turning (Keystone, SD)
Kevin Fast Horse, Sr. (Rapid City, SD)
Emily Ravenshead (Custer,SD)
Caroline Ravenshead (Custer, SD)
Chris Ravenshead (Daddy)
Sandy K of “Sandy K Design”  (Wyoming)
Kristie Schuft “Gravity” (Spearfish, SD)
Dove Creek Pottery (Hot Springs, SD)
Hester Prouty of Prouty Pottery (Rapid City, SD)
Alistair Bane Star Quilts (Denver, CO)
Erich Orris (Rapid City, SD)
Darren Thompson Flute Player (Rapid City, SD)
William Matson Book Author (Black Hills, SD)

You can’t escape it, May 14th is Mother’s Day and we have a veritable plethora of gift ideas for your special gift needs. So many of these items are the gifts that keep on giving like jewelry, books, music, Fine Art and decorative house wares. Let us know if we can help in anyway, we can always send images along with pricing so don’t hesitate to contact us.

Here is a big heads up on our annual Open House. May 6th will bring featured artisans, authors and storytellers to promote and premiere all that is new in the store. Your chance to come in, meet some truly creative people and enjoy a snack! There will be in house drawings as well. Look for more information coming in May’s newsletter and social media.

At this time we know that Sandy K Designs, Prouty Pottery, Alistair Bane, Dove Creek Designs, and Darren Thompson will be joining us to show off their crafts and skills. We are very excited about this event and hope that all of you can make it.

Look for those updates on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and see you in May!

On April 28th we are hosting a book signing for the author of “Neither Wolf Nor Dog”. Dr. Kent Nerburn will be signing his acclaimed book from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, then join the author as he watches the movie “Neither Wolf Nor Dog”, produced and directed by Steven Lewis Simpson. The movie and book signing are part of events during the Black Hills Film Festival. You must be a VIP ticket holder to see the movie at the Elk’s Theatre, then after the movie there will be a Q&A and discussion about Race and Civility. This paneled discussion will be moderated by Charles Abourezk. The author Dr. Kent Nerburn, producer/director Steven Lewis Simpson and actor Christopher Sweeney will be participating.

We look forward to the day when the movie will also be available for public purchase but until then here is an opportunity to see it.

Himalayan Salt Lamps, What is the big deal? Well, let us tell you a little something about them. It is described as adding to your environment some fresh air, helping to cleanse the air you breath of dust, pollen, cigarette smoke and other contaminants.

They give off a soft glow and as they warm up, they absorb pollutants from the air and emit clean particles into your air. Each lamp has a weight and the weight will correspond with your room size. Easy to use, just plug in and let it do the job of cleansing your area.

From the Himalayan Salt mines in the Himalayans.

Available now at Prairie Edge and the Sioux Trading Post.

Call us with questions and availability at 800-541-2388 or e-mail

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