Welcome to
ckalope Arts


Jackalope Arts

is the showcase gallery of

Black Prairie Dog Woman Studios

We believe firmly in the right to present art in uncensored form.

Each artist is responsible for the contents of their page[s].

You may contact the artist directly through their e-mail address, if no address is given then you may reach the artist through Black Prairie Dog Woman Studios.


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Guest Artists

All art work is for sale unless otherwise stated.
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Click on artist's picture on the left side or name  
to review their work.

Barry Blackhawk
Ho-chank [Winnebago] elder, Barry Blackhawk is an educator, accomplished poet, musician, a linguistic expert in his own native language and teaches Ho-chank to his people both in Nebraska and Wisconsin.

End of Field

That same lonesome pulls 
    my chest outward
and gains weight and pain. 

Ed DeCora
Ho-chank [Winnebago] DeCora shows exceptional talent as an artist. This work dates from his stu-dent period at Nebraska Indian Community Col-lege, Sioux City, Iowa. It is with great pleasure we share selections from his sketchbook.

John Matthew Giles
John Giles is an artist, poet and Language Arts teacher. He has been working with regular, special and at-risk students for over ten years in both Nebraska and New York. 

 Geronimo’s Eyes

At first,
a life is small enough to hold in your hand, 

its soft giggle a constant reminder that love still exists

Ruth M. Greene
Ruth Greene is a senior citizen in her eighth decade.  She lives in Nevada specializing in jewelry and basketry.  Her touch with the natural world transforms her work into exquisite art.

Dennis Hastings, MA
Umonhon [Omaha] Tribal Anthropologist Dennis Hastings, MA has been instru-mental in reviving academic interest in Umonhon culture, including return of the sacred pole, documented with Robin Ridington in Blessings for a Long Time.  His current project is establishing an Umonhon museum on his home reservation so the people can  readily access their history.
  New Moon Moving
design by
Vincent Snyder
Proposed Interpretive Center/Museum 

Scott & Gail Johnson
Reflective of the Nebraska prairie, the Johnson's artwork uses natural objects:  deerskin, gourds, feathers, shells and fashions them into drums, jewelry and useful objects.  Scott builds and Gail paints.  Together they create. Check out their drum that was created especially for President Jo Ann McDowell of the Metropolitan Community College to be presented to Edward Albee as a gift in 2006.


Arlen Lazaroff [1959-2006]
Prairie poet, artist and musican.  Lazaroff came from the same small rural Nebraska town as Ms Coffey, and  resided in Craig, Nebraska in his later years. He had writing published in "RFD", "New Voice Of Nebraska", "Sound News And Arts", "Woman's Journal-Advocate", and other  publications. He participated in numberous art shows and musical gigs.

Moon Over
Mike Henry

Joe Mette
Nebraskan minstrel Mette took up guitar after years of piano work and has strummed his way across many an Omaha stage.  Avid supporter of the arts and artists, Mette holds two art degrees in both fine and commercial art.  Taking up the tradition of his idols, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Mette and his topical songs are available for a good cause and community poetry readings.

Lorcan Otway
Quaker poet and folksinger, Lorcan "Larry" Otway has made a commitment to both the Roma [Gypsy] people and the American Indigenous tribes without a land base.  His poetry reflects his lifelong devotion to these causes.

 Yvette's Song   

When I was young, my people lived, along the Moise River’s flow

Summer when the Salmon came, it’s fishing we would go,

Ricki Rawlings
Of Lakota descent, Nebraska artist Ricki Rawlings has taken up traditional craft of weaving and beadwork to make it her own in a modern fashion.  From motorcycle motifs to baby moccasins, Rawlings has brought art into craft. Talented Rawlings also writes poetry.


Ricky D. Robbins

Rick was born and raised and wed and divorced and everything in between in Maine and yet had only seen the atlantic ocean twice in his entire life. When he's not writing he's doing other things, and considers himself humorous and more humble than you'll ever be.

 Where you went, I could not go.
The path to there, I did not know.
I numbly sat and watched you leave -An agony but half perceived.



John H. Robinson
Umonhon [Omaha] artist, John Robinson has been published as an illustrator both on and off the reservation.  He creates murals as well as illustrations and recently has branched out into photography.



Doug Salzmann

Computer technician, soap maker, book collector Salzmann is an eclectic soul whose art is truly electrifying.  Inspired by America's illegal Iraqi War, Salzmann uses photographic images to bring home the reality of the war to stateside.  Not for everyone, these dark art Post Cards From Iraq tell it like it is.

Gary Trudell
Santee Sioux artist, Gary Trudell is an expert with charcoal, pastels and graphite.  Residing in Iowa with his family, Trudell is currently on the Board of Directors for the Sioux City American Indian Center.

Wayne Tyndall
Umonhon [Omaha] Tribal Historian, Wayne Tyndall is a traditional educator and philosopher.  Well traveled during his Navy years, Tyndall returned to his home reservation where he has served in many roles, including Tribal Council and director of numerous programs.  His influence in reintro-ducing the oral tradition as a key component of history and spiritual teaching is known throughout the United States.
 The Lament of the 'Mahas

Take me back to the four hills of life
Where our ancestors, the Mahas lie buried.

Bill Weinberg
Author of several books, New York based Wein-berg has traveled extensively in the Mexican and Central American countries.  Weinberg was an editor on the award winning Native Americas magazine and writes a regular column on the current international political situation entitled World War III Reports.  Weinberg recently visited Japan.


Carleen Tom Wetmore
Dené [Navaho] artist Carleen Tom Wetmore comes out of a tradition of pottery to working with fabric. All of her comforters and clothing items are made by hand.

Michael Wetmore
Artist Michael Wetmore worked as the Registrar for the Nebraska Indian Community College located on both the Omaha and Santee Sioux reservations and Sioux City, Iowa.  He is now relocated to Florida.  His sculpture pieces have been shown in Fremont and Omaha, NE.

Moon Bear Rising

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As important as it is to present and show the works of professional artists, it is equally important to encourage students who are working to perfect their own skills.  At this site students who have studied under Margery Coffey's teaching are exhibited.  Most of them are enrolled Native Americans and their tribal affiliations will be listed after their names.


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