In today's society, Native People everywhere are finding ways to continue to speak their traditional languages and practice the ceremonies of their people. Combining a traditional Piikani figure with this notebook, this design by John Isaiah Pepion (Blackfeet/Piikani) honors the traditional way of life, while celebrating the multidimensional experiences of Native People today. It's a reminder that you can honor where you come from and chase your brightest dreams for the future all at the same time.
Featuring beautiful striking cultural art, these notebooks are elegant but sturdy, and they’re perfect for everyday use. Write stories, take notes or keep to-do lists in your notebook!
- 96 sheets of cream colored paper
- PU leather and paper cover
- 14.5 cm x 23 cm
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The background of John's Way of Life 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.