The indomitable power of the human spirit binds mankind. We can recognize and identify with this across nationality, geography and time. Howard Terpning’s ability to capture and express this in his art is what attracts us to his paintings and sets them apart from others. We share across time and culture the awe for the beauty of our world in The Force of Nature Humbles all Men, the burden of leadership in Chief Joseph Rides to Surrender and the expression of this Blackfoot medicine man’s believe and faith in Terpning’s, Calling The Buffalo.
The object in this Blackfoot’s right hand is an ancient fossil they call iniskim — today we know it as ammolite — in the shape of a buffalo. It was used in prayers to call for the buffalo herds to come. In his left hand is a stone wrapped in buckskin and beads with a hide thong dangling down. A large medicine bundle is tied to the pole. This man’s concerned expression and worn hands come from years of hardship. His people need meat. We see in his expression that he has faith that this time the iniskim will bring good favors to his people.
Howard spent a great deal of time reworking the color of the man’s shirt, finally giving it the cool hue in contrast to the tepee. The shirt’s war drawings, the position of the red trade cloth across his collar and the shadows of poles on back of the tepee are all carefully thought through by the artist.
Calling the Buffalo is not only a showcase work of superior artistic ability, but also a privileged look into the rites and rituals of a great and mysterious people. Ownership has its rewards.
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