Peyote Staff, 1983-84

Ray A. Cheer
(American | Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation | Nooksack, born 1957)

Location: Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia


Peyote Staff was hand-carved by Native American artist Ray A. Cheer in Omak, Washington. This piece is constructed from sage wood and decorated with deer hooves.

This artwork is part of Beyond Blue Mountains, a collection that was curated by late Tlingit (Native Alaskan) artist Jim Schoppert. It presents the work of Native American artists of diverse heritage, ideas, materials, and styles. The collection takes an in-depth look at the artists’ unique voices and interpretations of tradition.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Department of Corrections.


Native American artist Ray A. Cheer creates hand-carved sculptures influenced by Coast Salish designs. He is of Colville (Northeastern Washington) and Nooksack (Northwestern Washington) heritage.

Material CategorySculpture - coated metals
MediumSage wood, deer hooves, metal, resin, and beads
Dimensions46 1/2 in x 7 in x 3 in (irregular dimensions)
ID NumberWSAC1984.188.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyWashington State Arts Commission
Artwork LocationWashington State Arts Commission
Not on display. At ArtsWA pending conservation, framing, re-siting, or return to site.
WA CountyThurston
Site TypeState Agency
Address711 Capitol Way S., Suite 600
Olympia, WA 98504
Geo. Coordinates47.041975 | -122.901474
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