The Family Home by Howard Terpning
It is a quiet yet active day at the family home in a Blackfoot camp. Colorful paintings upon the teepee are distinctive to the tribe, the mountain peaks across the bottom heralded overhead by a blue stripe above, representing the sky, and a red stripe, indicative of life.
Western artist Howard Terpning adds the gentle, human touch of detail as the family dog stands sentry nearby, ready to run wherever it is called.
“The painted area around the bottom of the tipi cover is referred to as the Bottom Skirt and therefore symbolized Father Sky. All human events were contained between these two boundaries―Mother Earth below and Father Earth Above.”
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