In 1981, the National Endowment for the Arts played a fundamental role in helping me create Sundance Institute. The NEA generously contributed a $25,000 grant to assist us in launching the very first labs for independent filmmakers to develop new work (programs that continue to this day).
Multi-faceted in his artistic endeavors—musician, illustrator, hair designer—Santa Fe silversmith and Sundance Artisan Buffalo has felt a strong attachment to Native American silverwork for 40 years. He learned the old, traditional techniques of early Navajo smiths and prefers to work in ingot silver, hand forging and finishing his pieces with stamps he's made himself. When asked about his "labor of love," he replies "Visions never stop pouring out of my mind. I am thankful when my artistry is appreciated and can be passed to others."