Arts and Industries
Leatherworkers and Saddlemakers

George Saddleman
Upper Nicola, British Columbia

Leather work and rodeo involvement make me second generation, and with my family competing, a third-generation rodeo family. I have been promoting rodeo in all circuits within British Columbia and Indian rodeo across North America. I have also taken on the wonderful job of rodeo announcing. This pair of chaps I designed and created myself in the summer of 1993. In the last five years, I have designed and created ten pairs of chaps, mainly for my sons and nephews.

Tony Little Mustache
Apatohsi Piikunii
Brocket, Alberta

When Tony was a young boy, his father taught him how to braid. He began making rawhide headstalls, reins and quirts around 1990, but he is best known for his braided bull riggins. Tony is also an accomplished singer, dancer and drummer, and is well known for the drums he makes.

Coy Fisher
Oglala Lakota
Scenic, South Dakota

Coy Fisher started making beaded belts when he was in high school. In 1983, he began incorporating his loom-beading skills into his work to create horse tack. Four years later, he opened his Badlands Leather and saddle repair shop in Scenic, South Dakota. Coy has won many awards for leather and bead work, including first prize at the Rapid City Western Art Show, held in conjunction with the 1992 rodeo, and awards at the Indian and Western Art Show, and the Western Stock Show.

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