Artist for the 6th Annual Repatriation Conference
GEORGE CURTIS LEVI
Art Story for Ledger Piece. The ledger art piece is done on an antique mining document from Montana that dates from the 1890s. India ink and liquid acrylic paints were used. The dimensions are 8.5" x 11".
As a Cheyenne with historical ties to the state of Colorado, George drew a Medicine Wheel with two people inside of the wheel. It shows a museum curator showing a Cheyenne Woman a Cheyenne lattice cradleboard. George also included a desk with a Cheyenne parfleche box and a Cheyenne Headdress. The woman is wearing a red dress to show support for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Peoples Movement.
The colors used for the Medicine Wheel start with yellow, red, black and white. A young Cheyenne girl with a doll is drawn with yellow color representing new life, innocence and spring. The figure with red color represents the coming of age, summer and protection. This is a Cheyenne Elk Horn Scaper Warrior Society Man. Cheyenne People have Warrior Societies that are composed of the Elk Horn Scrapers Society, Bow String Society, Crazy Dog Society, Kit Fox Warrior Society, and Dog Soldier Society. They are the traditional protectors of the Tribe.
The black color represents adulthood, maturity and fall. The figure is a Cheyenne Chief. The Cheyenne has a Chiefs Society of 44 Chiefs. They are the decision makers for the Tribe. The white color represents knowledge, old age and winter. The figure is an older Cheyenne woman with her digging stick. Women are considered as Sacred Beings by the Cheyenne People.
Cheyenne call themselves Tsistsistas and live in Northwestern Oklahoma and in Southeastern Montana.
You can contact George Curtis Levi at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (405) 301-1956
or (405) 301-1956