MYRON TAYLOR - "CHASKA"

Myron "Butch" Taylor is a Vietnam veteran and a fifth generation pipe maker. He has been carving pipestone for over thirty years. His name, “Chaska” has the meaning of ‘eldest male child.’ Myron is a member of the Santee Dakota Nation.

A master artist, he specializes in effigy and silver inlaid pipes, as well as outstanding examples of many other traditional pipe styles. In the past he worked for the National Park Service, and worked as a seasonal craft demonstrator for the Pipestone Indian Shrine Association. His grandfather, Joe Taylor came to the area in 1904 and was one of the most active local quarriers and carvers of all time.