Lightning Horse Tote Bag

This high quality tote bag, which features a variation of John Isaiah Pepion's (Blackfeet) "Lightning Horse" design, opens up wide to fit all your favorite snacks, a change of clothes, or whatever else you need to tote!

This beautiful design pays tribute to the vibrant Plains Indian Horse culture. The first horse that came to the Blackfeet (Piikani) became known as the Elk Dog, revolutionizing the way the Piikani were able to hunt and becoming an integral part of everyday life on the Plains. Here, John has painted the horses as they were sometimes painted before going on a hunt, raid, or into battle - with circles above their eyes to make them see farther and lightning on their bodies to make them run faster.

  • 100% certified organic cotton
  • Main compartment opens up 7" wide
  • 12.5"W x 14.5"H x 7"D

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John Isaiah Pepion is a Plains Indian Graphic artist from the Piikani Band of the Blackfoot Confederacy. He is based out of the Blackfeet reservation in north-central Montana, where the Rocky Mountains meet the plains. John is best known for his ledger art, an art tradition that developed in Plains tribes as the buffalo hide they traditionally used for painting became scarce, and they were forced to adapt to making artwork on the ledger paper from accounting books. He comes from a family of artists, and ledger art has been in his family for hundreds of years.

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