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Thunder Puppy

Lonny Cloud AKA Thunder Puppy is an artist inspired by his Native American ancestry. Best known for his work carving bone into delicate feather jewelry, he also enjoys painting and creating mixed media art pieces. Often, he uses Flat or Ledger style to connect his pieces back to Native American tradition.

Find out more about Lonny and the Native American culture with this fact filled box! Reproduce one of Lonny’s mixed media paintings known as Tasuka Zuya (War Horse). Make your own Native American decoration by replicating a shield Lonny carved from an elk’s shoulder bone! Try your hand at Lonny’s technique by carving soap. Finally you’ll take a trip through time to learn about the Mandan tribe and their Earth lodges by creating your own paper-mache diorama of an Earth Lodge while learning about their history.

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Activities in the Thunder Puppy Box:
War Horse Mixed Media Reproduction
Reproduce this Flat style art piece using mixed media techniques. You will also have fun using carbon transfer paper to reproduce the horse’s head. Then you will complete your horse with white embroidery thread to represent the horse’s mane and white feathers.

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War Horse Mixed Media Reproduction
Bone Shield Reproduction
Leave the bone behind and create a hanging shield by using air dry clay! Line it with real feathers to represent Lonny’s hand-crafted bone feathers and beads. With the step-by-step tutorial learn how to draw Lonny’s horse.

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Bone Shield Reproduction
Soap Carving Technique
Learn to carve with soap! Soap is the ideal carving medium for beginners, and with this project you will learn the step-by-step method to carve what you would like.

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Soap Carving Technique
Mandan Earth Lodge Diorama
The final project is a diorama based around the Mandan tribe. Create a traditional Earthen lodge by putting paper-mache around a balloon. Use natural materials like sand, rocks, dirt, and moss to line this realistic representation of a lodge.

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Mandan Earth Lodge Diorama
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