Rare pictograph painting on buffalo hide by the Blackfoot Indian Chief.
Pictograph on buffalo hide. Roughly 12½ x 5½. The Blackfoot Indian Chief
pictograph form, events, and scenes from a Plains Indian's point of view. This piece of Buffalo
hide, painted on the tanned side, came from a complete hide blanket which retained the “Fur”
on one side for warmth and the pictographs on the other side for decoration. Shown among the
pieces recovered from the blanket, are scenes of buffaloes and horses, some of which include a
“Red Man” to represent the Indian. Pictographs of American Plains Indians are generally very
simple in structure and self-explanatory. The use of natural colors represents true symbols, while
unnatural colors have a special meaning. The Plains Indians were very graphic and used other
forms of picture writing such as in sign language, smoke signals, trail signs, language feathers and
blankets. A blanket that was painted or woven with special designs was often an
autobiographical account of its creator.
Blackfoot Indian Chief Two Guns White Calf (1872-1934)
frequently posed for artists and
was a popular attraction at Glacier National Park. The park abuts the Indian reservation which
was established in 1855 for the southernmost branch of the tribe.