Your day is sure to be fierce when you sip your morning coffee from our Warrior Mug by Inspired Natives™ artist John Isaiah Pepion (Blackfeet/Piikani).
A renowned Plains Indian graphic artist, John designed this mug with all warriors—past and present—in mind. He used antique ledger paper and ink as a foundation of the Warrior Mug design: ledger art is also known as warrior art. The mug includes Piikani designs found on Blackfeet tipis, as well as the sacred colors of black and yellow. This mug is a tribute to all warriors.
- 3 in x 3.75 in / 10 oz
- Hand wash only
- Microwave safe
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The background of John's Warrior design mimics the ledger paper that Plains Indians drew and painted on, which often had text and numbers written on it.
Ledger art is a type of narrative art developed by Plains Indian people and was popular from the 1860s through 1920s. Plains artists traditionally painted on buffalo hide; however, the buffalo eradication program by the US government in the 1800s made buffalo increasingly scarce. Plains artists began using paper as the canvas for their narrative designs: artists often used ledger books, the portability of which were ideal for the nomadic Plains lifestyle. Ledger art was primarily drawn or painted by men and depicted narrative, representational subjects (as opposed to the geometric designs frequently found on parfleches, which were most often painted by women).
This is an original ledger by an unknown Blackfeet (Piikani) warrior. It was collected in 1905 on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. Today, the work is part of the Autry Museum collection: John took this photo of the work when he visited the collection in Los Angeles.