Artists to display kites for LBHC ‘Flying Buffalo Project’
Thu, 12/04/2014 - 6:00am admin
Submitted by Tim Bernardis, Little Big Horn College Library
On Thursday, Dec. 11 between 6 and 8 p.m., the Little Big Horn College Library will host a reception to welcome the “Flying Buffalo Project” kites and the artists. The artists painted the buffalo kites in Crow Agency at Little Big Horn College.
Artists involved in the project are Allen Knows His Gun (Crow), Rabbit Knows Gun (Crow), Wendy Red Star (Crow), DG House (Cherokee), Frank Finley (Salish Kootenai), Daniel Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota), Alaina Buffalo Spirit (Northern Cheyenne), Ivan Long (Sioux), Jaune Quick To See Smith and her son Neal Ambrose Smith (Salish Kootenai), Jon Cadotte (Blackfeet), Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota), and Dorores Purdy (Caddo). Six others will soon add their work to the collection.
Flying Buffalo Project organizers Terry Zee Lee and Drake Smith take the kites to numerous buffalo jump locations every year and fly the kites so that buffalo soar into the sky instead of tumbling off the edge. This reminds everyone that the life blood of the western Native nations were the huge herds that sustained the people year round, especially through the harsh winter months.
The kites will again be flown in 2015 at the Madison Buffalo Jump, the First Peoples Buffalo Jump, the Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump and the Vore Buffalo Jump. Exact dates will be set in January. Participating artists are invited to bring work for sale to the jump locations. Kite building for children is a part of every flying day.
Numerous artists will be in attendance on Dec. 11 and project organizers will give tours of the exhibit.