“In the Lakota tradition there is the Sacred Clown and what drawing reflect that humor, I see that as part of the old values of traditional life ways.”
why lined paper?
“Pictographs, our traditional visual language, were once put on familiar things such as hides. That changed with the disappearance of the bison and the loss of freedom to hunt when the reservations bound the native people. The first paper on the Great Plains was found in used ledger books from white merchants. That paper became a new medium to my people, in addition to the colored pencils and inks available for trade. Like beads and beadwork, which were also traded, paper from ledgers has become a traditional form of art called ledger art.”