At Full Draw
The Bear Creek area was known to be inhabited by the Absarokee or Crow nation and other northern plains tribes in the early 1800's. In 1860, the Ft. Laramie treaty led to the establishment of a designated reservation boundary with the influx of European settlers and Western Expansion. The treaty recognized a tribal right to hunt on "all unoccupied lands of the United States." This off-reservation treaty right to hunt was the subject of a 1995 Tenth Circuit decision which held that the treaty right no longer existed.
At full draw is a phrase used to describe a position when the archer has his bow drawn to the peak before the arrow is released. This piece depicts the romantic era of the Northern Plains warrior on a buffalo hunt. This ledger is a tribute to Native American Plains tribes who centered their life around the buffalo for food, shelter, clothing and spiritual inspiration.
Many Plains tribes had Buffalo Societies, ceremonies stories/legends where the buffalo was held in very high regards as a gift from the Creator. This regard was maintained from generation to generation by oral traditions, pictorial images and songs. Rituals were performed before and after hunting, as well as to locate buffalo herds.