This is a one of a kind "original" pen and ink drawing
by Western Artist Ken West. The Indian is of the Assiniboin Tribe
and is of a "Fool Dancer" who is taking a break and
smoking his clay pipe. Members of this society were known as
"contraries" who, during and after their dance, did
everything in reverse, such as riding their horses backward or
wearing their clothes backward or would even bathe after drying
themselves. Assiniboin (they are known as Stonies in Canada).
lived during their greatest prominence in the area west of Lake
Winnipeg along the Assiniboin and Saskatchewan rivers, Canada.
Their name is derived from the Ojibwa (Chippewa) tongue and means
One Who Cooks with Stones. The Assiniboin were great buffalo
hunters known for their trading of pemmican (preserved buffalo
meat) for firearms and other European goods brought in by traders
on the Hudson Bay and along the upper Missouri. The Assiniboin
were divided into separate bands, each with its own chief and
council. The bands moved their camps frequently in pursuit of
the migrating buffalo; before the introduction of horses in the
18th century, they moved on foot and used dog-drawn travois.
Women performed all work related to the lodges (teepees), including
assembling and dismantling them. Prowess in war consisted of
the taking of scalps and horses and of touching the enemy during
battle. . In spite of their warrior tradition, the Assiniboin
were exceptionally friendly with whites. The most significant
religious ceremony was the sun dance, or medicine lodge dance.
This rendering was painted from a photograph taken by Sumner
W. Matteson, at Fort Belknap, Montana, 1906.
This is a one of a kind "original" pen and ink/watercolor
drawing by Western Artist Ken West. It has low price especially
for an original work of a known artist. The picture is mounted
on a double bevel, acid free Crescent mat and comes with a beautiful
professional hardwood frame. Picture also comes with glass
and backing ready to hang. Shipping and Insurance extra at $20.
The matted picture is an 11x14 and with frame it is 14x17, which
is a perfect size for the wall or den. This is an excellent opportunity
for collectors to get in on the very beginning of an offering
and collect a series of beautiful work and actually own an "original"
of a well known artist.