168 Buffalo Dreamer

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Category Western Americana
Auction Currency USD
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Estimated at 150,000.00 - 250,000.00 USD
Buffalo Dreamer
Artist: Grelle, MartinDate of Birth: b. 1954
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 52 x 42 inches
Signed: Signed lower left/CA and dated 2005

From George Bird GrinnellÕs Blackfoot Lodge Tales: ÒIn the evening of the day preceding a drive of buffalo into the pisÕkun a medicine man, usually one who was the possessor of a buffalo rock, In-isÕ-kim, unrolled his pipe, and prayed to the Sun for success.Ó Of Buffalo Dreamer, Martin Grelle writes:
I have based Buffalo Dreamer on information found in two different books from my reference library. It is my interpretation of a Blackfoot medicine man praying for a successful hunt. He holds in one hand his pipe, and in the other an In-isÕ-kim, or buffalo rock, which had been fitted with ties to be worn as an amulet. These are the passages that inspired the painting:From The Mystic Warriors of the Plains, by Thomas E. Mails: ÒAll of the Plains tribes had special songs which they believed would make the buffalo approach their camp areas. And all the tribes had dreamers and holy men who would conduct secret rites and then prophesy where the buffalo were most plentiful.Ó