Signals in the Wind by Howard Terpning
Smoke signals were a means for Indians to communicate across great distances, and while many of us today have the impression that they were complicated — like a form of Morse code — many such messages were simply designed, their meanings having been agreed upon beforehand by both senders and receivers.
Signals in the Wind, one of Howard Terpning’s few winter-based scenes, stumbles upon a group of warriors reading a message, and the viewer wonders as we watch their faces: Were buffalo sighted? Is an enemy nearby? Or is it simply one small party connecting with another?”
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