When Two Worlds Meet

Designed to resemble the Native American Plains Ledger Art that evolved in the 1800’s, this Stone-Ordean Wells company antique check was drafted two months after WWI began August 4, 1914, know as the war to end all wars.    While the newly founded United States was looking abroad at the rise of a German fascist force invading allied European countries, indigenous tribes such as the Arikara, Hidatsa and Mandan of Central North Dakota were fighting to maintain their cultural identity and survive in their ever-changing world.    “When Two Worlds Meet”, denotes the conflictive forces between an ancient traditional culture and the indigenous world war, “as long as the river flows and the eagle flies“, Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851.