Calling the Buffalo (framed) by Howard Terpning
The object in this Blackfoot’s right hand is an ancient fossil they call iniskim — today we know it as ammolite — in the shape of a buffalo. It was used in prayers to call for the buffalo herds to come. In his left hand is a stone wrapped in buckskin and beads with a hide thong dangling down. A large medicine bundle is tied to the pole. This man’s concerned expression and worn hands come from years of hardship. His people need meat. We see in his expression that he has faith that this time the iniskim will bring good favors to his people.
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