Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
April 22, 2000 - Issue 08

L. David Eveningthunder
Doh-gwey Du-gwanee
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L. David Eveningthunder, Shoshone, spent his early childhood on the Shoshone-Bannock Reservation in Fort Hall, Idaho. The spiritual guidance he received from his father and grandfather, both medicine people, helped him maintain his identity even after he became orphaned at a young age and was taken away from his people.

David's first pencils were given to him by his uncles, all gifted artists who never became known by the public. He feels that he owes his success to them. David now resides in Alabama, and is active in the Pow Wow circuit. He is best known for his portrayals of dancers, most of whom he knows personally.

"My art, is paying tribute to the contemporary Indian dancers who are keeping the traditions of our ancestors alive.

"I feel that the modern-day Pow Wow brings about important social interchange between the nemah (We People) and di-eeh vohn (White People)."

As well as the exchange of culture, the camaraderie between different tribes helps to form a stronger bond and cohesive foundation for our children."

David's work has won numerous awards and has been featured on the covers of various magazines and Native calendars.

He was born at Owyhee County (Indian Land - no city), Idaho.

David can be reached at:

L. David Eveningthunder
Contemporary Native American Art
80 Roberts Street
Sumiton, AL 35148
Phone: (205) 648-0983, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST

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