Cheryl Yellowhawk

About The Artist

Cheryl's father, a career army master sergeant, moved the family several times throughout the U.S. and Europe, where she developed an appreciation for the diversity of art and architecture among the Europeans, which contrasted greatly with her mother’s Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in South Dakota.  Her fondest childhood memories are stories told of great-great grandfather Peace Chief Yellowhawk (Sans-Arc meaning "Without Bows") of her great-grandmother, Nancy-Who-Sees-the-Horses, a survivor of the Battle of Wounded Knee, and recipient of the Lewis and Clark peace medallion.  Her grandmother’s spirit and medicine woman connection to the mysteries of life are passed down through Cheryl’s art. Cheryl reclaimed her Sioux name after her mother’s death in 1985.