Ledger Art Expresses Native Culture


Every once in a while in life you get the opportunity to do something unexpected. For me that happened last evening when I attended a seminar led by Native American artist John Pepion teaching us his brand of traditional Native ledger art. According to John, after the “Indian Wars” the chiefs from the Plains Tribes were locked up in prison in St. Augustine Florida so as to isolate them from their people. The Chiefs got bored and began to produce art expressing their culture on the ledger paper given to them by their guards. Tourists who dropped by to get a look at the chiefs soon started purchasing their artworks and a new form of cultural expression was born. My running bison piece isn’t quite complete, but it was a pleasure getting to spend a couple of hours with John.


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