Molly Murphy
Oglala Sioux

Trek to Turtle Island

29" H x 17" W



We are extremely pleased to present the award-winning work of Lakota artist, Molly Murphy. This box incorporates Plains Indian imagery and symbolism combined with contemporary abstract designs. Please take a moment to learn more about Molly, and read her personal statement.


Molly Murphy was born in 1977 in Great Falls, MT. A mixed blood descendent of the Oglala, Lakota tribe, Murphy was raised in western Montana and earned a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from The University of Montana in 2004.

Most of her work stems from a combination of traditional Native arts and modern art. Murphy learned beadwork at a very early age as well as hide tanning, sewing and traditional clothing design. I consider my work to be narrative on many levels.

There are times when I want to tell a very specific story and the pieces become narrative in tone. In other cases I am simply evoking emotional responses to basic elements such as shape and color.

Nearly all of my work reflects the issues of politics, cultural identity, and learning to live with the weight of the past. Molly Murphy currently lives in Missoula, Montana with her husband and daughter.

Along with being a resident artist and guest lecturer throughout Montana, Molly's recent awards and exhibitions include:

2007 Heard Museum Guild Fair and Market, Phoenix, AZ, 1st Place Class VII Division A, Judges Choice, Dittemore


Wheelwright Museum, Sante Fe, NM, Holiday Exhibit and Auction

Art Without Reservations: Changing Hands 2, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY


This image is an amalgamation of several myths, all related to a first woman and her child and their journey to to Turtle Island.

The wall hanging depicts a mother, child and horse walking through a mountain lanscape. The sky displays in a mountain pattern with swallows flying. The mother is leading her horse with the childs cradle board hanging from the saddle. Behind the saddle blanket dangles a fringed parfleche pouch. Below the figures is an arch of beadwork similar to the beadwork on the front of womens dresses.

This shape and pattern on womens dresses represents the power and protection of the turtles. All the elements of the composition relate a landscape rich with myth.

Many origination stories begin with a human mother married to a star person. After digging a forbidden root, she became too homesick and returned to earth (or fell, depending on the story) from her home among the stars.

She and her child were saved from the ocean by turtle, who with the help of other sacred animals and plants, found land where she could raise her son. Many myths compare the earth to a turtle that literally supports and protects the landscape and all living things upon it.


The care and handling of beadwork differs from other media. The wool components can be gently dusted with a lint free cloth, or an adhesive lint remover used to remove particles. Also you may use canned forced air used to clean electronics. Keep out of direct sun and avoid high humidity. Beadwork has characteristics of both strength and delicacy. Gently dusting and proper care when moving should ensure that beadwork retains its original appearance.


Hand dyed wool, Czech size 13, 15 and 18 beads, velvet ribbon, crystal beads, Czech trim beads, bone beads, canvas backing, nylon thread.


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Price: $2,400.00
(plus sh/han)


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