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Butch Thunder Hawk

Cannonball, ND

Residing in Bismarck, ND

Butch Thunder Hawk, Hunkpapa Lakota, spent much of his childhood and youth learning traditional Lakota culture and arts from his grandparents and from other tribal elders. 

Thunder Hawk, who works in a variety of media, has been teaching traditional tribal arts at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota since the late 1970s. "People taught me," he says, "and now I have to give that back by teaching others." With guidance from tribal elders and assistance from his students, he created many objects for Monticello's recreation of President Jefferson's "Indian Hall."  


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