Wednesday, August 1, 2012

REPRODUCTION OF A BLACKFOOT HORSE MASK

This is a recently completed commission for a private project.  The original Blackfoot mask is in the National Museum of the American Indian.  


 The mask is made using brain tanned deer hide,  natural earth pigments,  brass buttons and bells,  antique Italian beads,  feathers,  hair ( horse ) quills,  ermine,  buffalo horns and silk ribbon.   Both my cutting horse Josey and Cappy the Appy are modeling.   Not only is it important to understand some of the does and don'ts of making reproductions ( tribally sensitive and sacred material should never be reproduced,  nor artists works without proper consent ) but on making horses gear,  I often find those who make it have never been around a horse,  and they spend many hours and much money on materials only to have it not fit.   Its important to remember,  that although many objects today are viewed as art.....they also had practical applications.
 The real fun of course after you make such items is putting them on your horse.  Because many horses are not trained to accept wearing items like this.   I worked long hours to get my horses to accept their modeling jobs :-)  They now seem to love it.

Angela

4 comments:

Artist - David Lemon said...

Angela, just an amazing piece. I'm not worthy.. :)
I found a wonderful website with lots of old pictures of Southern Cheyenne.. Some of these pictures I'd never seen before. There is one picture of two gentlemen in front of a staircase outside, and in the background you can see a little girl looking out at them. It looks like it could have been taken yesterday. Here's that website.

http://amertribes.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=southern&action=display&thread=415

Artist - David Lemon said...

The main page of that website leads to many more amazing pictures I've never seen before.. Thought you might find this interesting as well
http://amertribes.proboards.com/

Riversong said...

Angela, Josey really looks like a buffalo from the side ;)! Phenomenal job as always. I am delighted that people like you care about proper horse fit. Horse regalia really should be able to be used. Keep up the amazing work!

Angela Swedberg said...

I just now found your comment Riversong - I think sometimes Josey is about the size of a buffalo :-) You are right in the fit comment. All these items were made with purpose and not as art objects....its something that gets lost these days.