Después de explorar Montana, me dirijo hacia el estado de South Dakota, atravesando el parque nacional Yellow Stone. Pero en lugar de encontrarme al Oso Yogi me encuentro paseando junto a bisontes!
~WEST~ 03 : FAUNA
Y sí es cierto que el caballo formó parte el cotidiano de los nativos. Prueba de ello son los dibujos que éstos realizaban en libretas (llamados "ledger art"), con nuevos materiales como el papel y los lápices, completamente desconocidos por ellos hasta la llegada de los colonos. Estos fascinantes dibujos representan una crónica fiel y sincera de los hechos históricos desde el punto de vista de los indios nativos.
|‘ledger art’ recortes de revistas recuperados durante el viaje|
|recortes de revistas recuperados durante el viaje|
Todos deberíamos tener nuestro propio unicornio. Si vosotros todavía no tenéis el vuestro, os animo a que hoy dibujéis uno.
Today I want to talk to you about this illustration of the Unicorn, from the collection ~WEST~ . So lets carry on with the adventure through the USA.
After exploring Montana, I moved towards the state of South Dakota. I pass through Yellow Stone and walk through buffalo!
After that I came into the forests of "Black Hills" (South Dakota), a fascinating Reserve, last resistance to the English invasion, home of the Sioux and legendary indian chiefs like "Crazy Horse" o "Sitting Bull"
~WEST~ 03 : FAUNA
It was in the Black Hills Reserve that I learnt more about the American natives. The Fauna was very linked to the way of life of the Indians, so connected to nature.
The buffalo was a sacred animal for them, and their life turned around it: they chased it, used its leather, made tools, paintings, containers etc out of it.
However, when we think about the West, it's the horse and not the buffalo that comes to our mind. The horse is part of the iconography that we've created around the Old West legend.
And it's true that the horse had taken part of the daily life of the natives. As a proof there is the wonderful 'ledger art' that the natives created in that time where paper and pencils was something completely new that the British brought to them. Those fascinating drawings of Indians and cowboys batteling on horses are a honest testimony of the history, from the point of view of the American natives.
I was really surprised to knowledge that horses where extinguished in America when the colonists arrived there. This means the horse was a completely known animal for the indians (or maybe a legend) until the arrival of the white man.
Before my trip I thought I'll include in my collection "~WEST~" some drawings of cowboys on horses , or Indians galloping through the meadows... But after passing through the Black Hills, I found more interesting this unknown story of the West, before the arrival of the colons.
So I tried to imagine for a moment that I was one of those natives, at the time when the colons advanced towards the west for the promising new land. I imagine to be these men who are told about a new, magical animal that the white man brought to his land, an animal that flies fast like the wind. The image of this creature being shaped by the words travelling mouth to mouth, tipy to tipy, settlement to settlement... And I actually felt more identified with that skeptical one, the one who thinks that's just a legend, a fantastic animal, a bed story for children.
You can find the complete series of 6 drawings in my shop, as a limited edition of 20 copies each, hand signed and numbered.
We all should have our own unicorn. If you don't have yours yet, I invite you to draw one today.
*photos: Rémi Potriquet
*illustrations: Lisbel Gavara - "lanómada"