There’s a place in Rapid City, South Dakota, that’s unique and beautiful and downright fascinating. It’s called Prairie Edge and is part boutique, art gallery, bookstore and trading post. All this is all housed in a great old building from the 1800s with hardwood floors, lovely wood trim and embossed ceilings. Luckily, I was given permission to take photos.
Here’s another view of the exterior:
The bronze out in front is of a Native American woman and child. There are other bronzes on street corners, mostly past U.S. presidents.
According to the website, the owners established the Prairie Edge concept for two purposes: “The first is to educate the public about and to preserve the heritage and culture of the Northern Plains Indians. The second purpose is to provide Northern Plains Indian artists and craftspeople an outlet, at a fair price to them, for their finest work which reflects on their heritage and culture.”
I especially love Native American beadwork, and Prairie Edge has plenty of it. . . .
The whole place is put together like a beautifully curated museum.
The leather dresses are like works of art:
(They also cost between two and three thousand dollars.)
Some of the more unusual items are this shoeshine bench
and these papooses.
I zoomed in to show the beadwork, but there are skis attached to each papoose. You can see them in the tipi (teepee) photo. Incidentally, the word “tipi” comes from the Lakota tribe. A wigwam is not a teepee because it has a dome.
This is not a great photo (working with a point-and-shoot here) but I wanted to show the hardwood floors, embossed ceiling and layout of one of the rooms.
Note the handpainted animal hides on the walls.
Even the light fixture near the entrance follows the American Indian theme:
Finally, I went upstairs to the bookstore and art gallery where I found this incredible sculpture made from handmade paper. My iPhone couldn’t pick up all the detail, but you can get a pretty good idea. . . .
Thanks for coming along!