My name is Melvin War Eagle (Wanbli Ozuye) and I was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. As a boy, I was continually surrounded by Lakota symbols and designs of his ancestors. Many of the elders would tell the stories of the old ways and the spirits of the land. Generations of culture and legends have flowed through Melvin’s veins from boyhood, compelling him to show the world, through Native American Art and stories, what it meant, not only to be Lakota in modern times but the connection within all of us.
This reflection of traditional ancestral art, combined with a contemporary modern twist, pushes me to express my artwork in unique ways; forever inventing new approaches between art, story, and fashion. Here is the story of my life and my ancestors.