Trail Along the Backbone by Howard Terpning
The Blackfoot people referred to the Rocky Mountains as “the backbone of the world.” From the foothills of Rockies to the East extend the Great Plains. To the West, the Rockies ultimately drop off into the Pacific Ocean. Add in the amazing length of the Rockies from North to South and it is not hard to see that from the Blackfoots’ limited perspective at that time, they weren’t that far off the mark. There were trails that went across and over the Rockies at various places. In all probability they were originally game trails that were then used by man. This painting represents such a trail being used by three Blackfoot Warriors.
A party of three Blackfoot warriors negotiates a steep trail within the Rocky Mountains, the precipitate nature of the slope giving the idea that this pathway was used by animals first, then adapted by man.
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