Dragonfly Buffalo Horn Spoon

Kevin Pourier, Oglala Lakota / American, born 1959



Buffalo horn cut, carved, textured and inlaid with mother of pearl

Overall: 12 × 2 5/8 × 3 3/8 in. (30.5 × 6.7 × 8.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Miriam H. and S. Sidney Stoneman Acquisition Fund



Place Made: Scenic, United States, North America


21st century

Object Name

Mixed Media

Research Area

Native American

Native American: Southeast

Mixed Media

Not on view


Signed and dated, incised, edge of spoon: K + V Pourier '18 lakol; titled, incised, edge of spoon on opposite side: 'Make Love Not War"


Kevin Pourier is one of only a few artists today working with incised buffalo (American bison) hornas a medium, and because buffalo do not shed their horns, his ability to work with this material is limited. Creating spoons and vessels, Pourier reinvigorates an artistic practice rooted in Lakota subsistence lifeways with his detailed carvings. The addition of complementary materials introduces striking imagery to inspire thought, growth, and learning.

Most buffalo ranchers raise their buffalo for meat and discard everything else. Additionally, the large bulls are kept as herd bulls, and if they are butchered, their heads are usually kept as trophies. Traditionally, Northern Plains peoples used every part of the buffalo . . . nothing went to waste. The hides were used to make drums and Tipis, the horn caps were used to make horn spoons, cups, and adornment. The bones were used to make sleds, children’s toys, and game pieces.—Kevin Pourier

From the 2022 exhibition Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, curated by Dillen Peace '19, Native American Art Intern and Sháńdíín Brown '20, Native American Art Intern 

Exhibition History

Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 22, 2022-March 12, 2023.


The artist, Kevin Pourier, Scenic, South Dakota; sold to present collection, 2021.

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