CHAI – Art Studios


Aerial view of project

Cloud Horse Art Institute – Kyle, SD, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, USA

“What is important for us is that the old ways are correct and if we do not follow them we will be lost and without a guide. We must remember that the heart of our religions is alive and that each person has the ability within to awaken and walk in a sacred manner. The manner with which we walk through life is each man’s most important responsibility and we should remember this every new sunrise.”

Thomas Yellow Tail, Crow Holy Man
taken from the introduction to “Walking in the Sacred Manner”
Mark St. Pierre and Tilda Long Soldier


Project site near Kyle, South Dakota


Situation Plan


Site sketch


Early section sketch exploring skylights and protection from the harsh north wind


Sketch of the entry gallery


Study of wood textures and patterns on façades


Quote from Claude Roy’s 1958 book “The Art of the Savages”


View from the south


View towards entry vestibule from the south


View into the gallery space


View from multipurpose art studios


Looking back from the south deck

Okazonte is a Lakota word that means patterns.

At night, especially in the long, howling darkness of a plains winter, there were stories to be told. Wood crackled in the stove, and shadows danced in the lamplight. A dozen young ears would be poised for a new story, or an old favorite, about ancient spirits like Iktomi the trickster or Anukite the double-faced woman.

“Walking in the Sacred Manner”
Mark St. Pierre and Tilda Long Soldier

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