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The Sun Gave Us Power

January 29 @ 12:08 pm

The Sun Gave Us Power

The Sun Gave Us Power: a solo exhibition featuring acclaimed Blackfoot ledger artist John Isaiah Pepion!

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, Plains people were forced to adapt by making artwork on ledger paper from accounting books. John comes from a family of artists, and ledger art has been in his family for hundreds of years.

The exhibit is made up of fifteen pieces of ledger art, including the focal piece, “The Sun Gave Us Power,” a visual narrative of the Blackfoot creation story of Scarface. Pepion explained, “Every piece has a sun in it or is themed around the sun. The sun is very important to a lot of Indigenous people, especially to the Blackfoot Confederacy.”


January 29, 2023
12:08 pm
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6420 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85718
6420 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85718