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About Desert Little Bear

Desert Little Bear is a registered Southwestern Native American of Yaqui/Apache descent (He is registered with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe). He was born and raised in Arizona and currently resides in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

In his own words:

What I create reflects not only our ancestry, but also who we are as a people today. I am inspired by all the ancient symbols and pictures of Southwestern Native American art involved in spirituality, vision quest, clan identification, astronomy, informational and guidance designs. What I create in my art is an expression of my own spirituality. My art provides me the medium to extend my spirituality beyond myself, to those who come in contact with it. It is my hope that you will find in my art a reflection of the positive part of my inner soul as it mirrors the energy that exists in my mind and being.

Like many Native Americans, living as an Indian within the dominant white culture has always been a balancing act, but he was guided by his paternal grandfather. His grandfather was a spiritual person (whites would call him a shaman) and taught him the Yaqui ways. As a young child he also gave him his tribal name, Desert Little Bear.

Bear with his award winning piece at the 2007 Southwest Indian Art Fair in Tucson

Bear is quite mechanically adept. When searching for stones, he was constantly looking for flat rocks so that his artwork could be displayed on stands. Due to the shortage of flat stones, he decided that he needed a saw to cut the rocks into the ideal flat stones. But unfortunately, the commercial saws that he found cost several thousand dollars. After tweaking with several designs, he developed the saw below. Fashioned out of an old wheelbarrow, a discarded shopping cart, a motor from an old air compressor and discarded scrap metal, the Lazarus Saw was born. The only parts he purchased were the fan belt, pulleys and the saw blade.

Necessity is the mother of invention (patent pending).

Bear has an seventeen year old son, James, who has inherited his father's artistic talent. However, he works in a slightly lighter weight medium. He creates original Sharpie(TM) Marker drawings and also sells prints of those drawings. Check out his web site at www.JamesBear.com. James also illustrated the new book "She Retired Happily Ever After".

Jae's tribal name is "Moonpa" which in ancestral Yaqui means "the little rays of light that shine before daybreak." Jae is his dad's "Little Light" and the joy of his life.

Bear's wife has blonde hair and blue eyes. It is always odd when we go to an Indian art show and someone invariably asks her "Are you the artist?" Teresa is a CPA, and is the webmaster, bookkeeper and administrator of Rock Art Creations. Click here for some of her her favorite recipes.

Awards

2007 Judge’s Choice Award
Southwest Indian Art Fair
Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona
2007 Best of Sculpture - Stone
West Valley Fine Arts Council
Litchfield Park, AZ
2005 Michael Daley Award of Excellence in Sculpture or Carving
Southwest Indian Art Fair
Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona
2005 Honorable Mention - Sculpture
West Valley Fine Arts Council Native American Arts Festival
Litchfield Park, AZ
2002 First Place - Sculptures
Native Harvest Art Festival
Yavapai-Apache Reservation at Camp Verde, Arizona
2002 Best of Category - Folk Crafts
Mill Avenue Merchants Association Spring Festival in Tempe, AZ

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