Born on the Rosebud Reservation, Evans Flammond, a self-taught artist, believes that his saga began at age 7 during a weekly trip to town with his mother.
Like many kids, he fell asleep during that trip, but he wasn't awakened by the sound of his mother's voice. Instead, it was a tap on the window by what he now knows to be a Golden Eagle. Evans recounts that the eagle swooped down and touched the back seat window on which his head was leaning.
He was a curious 7-year old boy, who at that age already appreciated– and was fascinated by– Nature and all it had to offer. Evans watched the eagle fly away until it became a faint dot in the distance. From that point on, the vision of that beautiful creature remained a very important part of his imagination, as well as his inspiration.
While a young boy, Evans' mother worked the night shift as a nurse. On those nights Evans stayed with his uncle Maynard, who had a great deal to do with influencing his artistry as it stands today.
Evans says, "I used to sit and watch him paint on canvas. He took the time to let me paint right along with him."
Both Evan's vision of that Golden Eagle, and his uncle's encouragement- empowering him to believe that he could bring his imagination to life- were the gateways to develop his creativity. From that point on, he was like a sponge, absorbing anything that dealt with art. The number of people who inspired him only grew larger.
"I thank my sister, Lynette for always sitting beside me and drawing on those cold days and nights when playing outside wasn't an option," Evans says humbly.
Today, Evans is an internationally recognized artist. He feels he is blessed to have the opportunity to travel to different parts of Europe and elsewhere, to share the story of his Culture and Beliefs with many different people. He enjoys letting people know that– "Yes, we are still alive and kicking", and will continue to "let the world know that this is who we are."
"I want all walks of life to share my work and get a strong understanding of its powerful significance– the reproduction pieces in particular. I want them to appreciate the way my ancestors so proudly adorned personal possessions with, and adopted the persona of, such entities as Bear, Wolf, Buffalo, and Horse," he asserts.
Evans has two sons, Edward and Evans, Jr. Both are aspiring young musicians and artists. Evans, Sr. taught Evans, Jr. and Eddie how to play guitar at a young age. Evans says that art and music come naturally to both of them. Since they were babies they watched their dad play guitar and paint, so they had a great head start in the art world. He says he experiences great joy in his heart at seeing his sons follow in similar footsteps to his.
Evans Flammond, Sr. and his sons will continue creating wonderful works of art for many years to come, and be forever thankful for their artistic Gift.
Horses were many things to the great Lakota People— they were wakan, or holy, a gift from the Great Spirit. The horse made travel easy and the hunt successful, keeping starvation from their camp. They brought safety to the tribe, and gave swiftness against the enemy— easing their many hardships.
Wooden effigies were carved to honor a horse's act of courage during the hunt, in battle or to give him power before an encounter. The effigies depicted wounds, special markings or individual character of the horse.
Generosity was a way of life to the Lakotas, and the horse was the ultimate gift, sharing the prosperity they brought.
Today we give or display the "Dream Horse" as a symbol of strength, generosity and love of family which the horse brought to the Lakota People.