Parker County Today August 2016 - Page 62

our culture: ARTIST LeatherChief Speaks Out Garren Still draws upon both his Texan and Native American ancestry to create one-off, hand-worked pieces BY MEL W RHODES W AUGUST 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY ith his long braided hair and dark features, Garren Still cuts a rustic figure walking his own path, one winding through his Native American ancestry and Parker County raising. Creating both functional and decorative leather and silver work, at 35 he’s come into his own, to a place where life and art flow as one. 60 “Part of my free spirit and living the way I do, I think, has to do with my Indian blood,” Still, who is half Cherokee, said. “I’m a totally different breed of person as far as the average American goes — what they think their day should consist of and what life should consist of. I’m really freespirited, for lack of a better word. I don’t like an everyday job where I have to go somewhere and have somebody ride over me telling