Cole Jacobson of the Prairie Island Indian Community was honored earlier this month with a blue ribbon for his artwork at the 61st annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market in Phoenix, Arizona. The fair provides opportunities for Native American artists from across the country to display and sell their work and compete for prizes. This was Coles first year competing, and he was up against other Native American artists from across the United States in the Personal Attire category. Cole was honored with a blue ribbon, winning first place for his piece "Sisters of the Oceti Sakowin." The piece was a womans three-sided bag or tulip bag, each painted side represents a woman from each branch of "Sioux" Dakota, Lakota, Nakota. The piece tells the story of how were all different in certain aspects, but we are all related as Native American people. The sisters piece now proudly belongs to the Red Cloud Heritage Center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
Cole explained, "I am still getting my feet off of the ground in the Native Art world. It is a lot of hard work, and I won first place in my category this time, but that doesnt mean that I think I will win every time. It is important to learn how to lose gracefully and be a good sport about it. I am humbled and proud of myself, incredibly proud to be from Prairie Island, and excited to see what will come next." Congratulations, Cole!