Debra Box received a great honor from her people by being chosen to represent the Southern Ute Nation, along with U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, at the grand opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. in the fall of 2004. A hand painted parfleche box very similar to this one is on permanent display at the museum.
Debra's beadwork and painted parfleche are shown exclusively at Native American Trading Company in Denver and at the annual Santa Fe Indian Market held every August in Santa Fe New Mexico.Commissions of Debra's work may also be made through the gallery.Please contact us to discuss commissions. Debra and her art have also been featured in several well-known motion pictures including Dances With Wolves. A recipient of art grants from both the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts along with a Fellowship Grant from the prestigious Southwestern Association Of Indian Art, Debra continues to carry on her people's artistic traditions.
An Honor for Debra and Native American Trading Company
The gallery was honored in the year of 2004 to present one of Debra's parfleche boxes to Governor Owens to present to Prince Andrew, Duke of York, on behalf of the people of Colorado. Having opened their doors twenty four years ago Jack Lima, Robin Riddel Lima, and Mr. & Mrs. Douglas A. Riddel have insured that the Native American Trading Company has become the leading source of antique and contemporary American Indian weavings, pottery, baskets, jewelry and artifacts in the Rocky Mountain region. For earnest collectors, it offers authentic and attainable Native American art. For the casual browser, the gallery imparts important lessons in the history and culture of the American West. Debra's work of art was given with the hope that stronger ties of trade and culture between Colorado and the United Kingdom were encouraged.
Parfleche Envelope SOLD
These Parfleche Envelopes are all different sizes. They are made from cattle rawhide and painted with natural earth pigment paints that Debra makes herself. The ties are smoked and brain tanned buckskin.
Parfleche is a French Canadian word coined by French Canadian fur traders at the time of their earliest contact with Prairie and Eastern Plains Indian tribes in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It is derived from the French term, parer (to parry or turn aside) and fleche (arrow), referring to war shields that were made of heavy buffalo rawhide and had the ability to turn away an arrow. Parfleche were used during travel and as storage containers. Debra mixes her own earth pigment paints and uses only hides cured by her family.
Native American Trading Company tries to always have a selection of Debra's fine work - please email or call us for availabilitly of select work.
She will also take commissions - contact us for more information.