Designed on an antique document from Treasure’s Petty Cash book, Silver Bow County Montana 1896 cir.
Depicted in this ledger is the clash of a great warrior hunter and the Chief of the buffalo. They meet on the battleground of mother earth, illustrated by the geometric parfleche buffalo track design below. In this encounter the warrior is raising his spear to strike the buffalo chief as he lowers his head and prepares to counterstrike. The warrior’s horse rears, standing on his two-hind legs in attempt to retaliate and attack.
Three stylized pictographic buffalo in the background symbolize past, present and future generations of the buffalo nation. Blue and red war bonnet designs in the upper corners, signify the presence ofCreator witnessing this matchup of combatants, each highlighted with either a blue or red aura to signify sacredness and the “blood of the people”. In the overall composition there are 7 green geometric buffalo hoof designs representing all six directions and all of life; west, north, east, south, heavens & Mother Earth.
Note: in the Gettysburg Equestrian Statue Code, sculptural horse and rider symbolism is as follows, a horse with rider/soldier standing on all four hooves means that the rider died of natural causes, one hoof raised means he was wounded in battle and a rearing horse means the rider died in battle.
Ledger Art explained- Traditional plains ledger art was a male figurative expression on a foreign 2- dimensional surface, introduced by an invading peoples during the clash of cultures and Western Expansion. On these documents, warriors would illustrate their great feats or memorable events that witnessed in their life, leaving behind a record of who they were for future generations. This visual pictographic form earmarked an era of uncertainty for indigenous tribes as the Native people’s subsistence (buffalo) was exterminated to near extinction, they were relocated to reservations and subjugated. Although ledger art and figurative drawing traditionally was male oriented, females painted geometric abstract designs on parfleche boxes and envelopes. Spiritually, males drew figurative images because they could only imitate life where females had the gift of life.