About Kurt D Caddy

As a kid, I was captivated by Native Americans.  I read about them and studied them.  At age 14, I read “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”.  The book broke my young heart for the people impacted by the devastating events.  But nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced six years ago when I visited Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  Poverty, hurt, despair, hopelessness were everywhere. The brokenness I was personally dealing with connected with the brokenness of the place and the people.  And yet in the middle of all this hurt and despair, I found a beauty and a sliver of hope that has been my inspiration.

When I returned home from that trip, I picked up a pen and a piece of watercolor paper and sat down and drew a Golden Eagle.  I had not drawn in 20 years.  But something amazing happened.  The drawing someone captured my heart for the Lakota people.

I am focusing my art work and the book as a way to advocate for the beauty of the Lakota culture.  I am deeply inspired by the prairie, the Black Hills and the Lakota people.  My art features wildlife and Lakota symbols and people.  I go to great lengths to research the subjects of the painting and the symbols and stories that are integrated into the piece of art. The Lakota share a connection with all of creation while still maintaining a single Creator of all things.  I admire this greatly and hope that my book and artwork reflects this connection.

Kurt D Caddy’s Books


KEEP HOPE ALIVE is a Picture book for children and adults.  Told in the tradition of Native American story tellers, KEEP HOPE ALIVE chronicles the Journey of Liitle Mouse.  The book speaks to endurance, self-sacrifice, purpose and above all-Hope.  The book is filled with full-color illustrations and a story that captures the hearts of children… [Read More]

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