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Howard Terpning - OFFERINGS TO THE LITTLE PEOPLE -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          OFFERINGS TO THE LITTLE PEOPLE
by Howard Terpning

$875.00

LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
Limited Edition of: 975
Image Size: 22 1/4"w x 35"h.
Published: July 1999


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Planting tobacco seeds was a religious event performed by members of the tobacco society which held a high position in the Crow tribe. Men and women belonged to the order which had many subdivisions. Once the ground was prepared, a barrier of branches was laid around the garden to keep people out and protect the plants. These gardens were often placed near a stream or river.

Small offerings were attached to the branches such as bits of ribbon, feathers, etc. The men and women used digging sticks to poke holes in the ground and stir up the soil. Once the seeds were planted, sticks about 18 inches long were inserted into the ground with small medicine bundles attached. The Crow believed that little people lived in the ground and helped to make the tobacco plants grow, so small medicine bundles containing berries, herbs, dung, etc., along with tiny moccasins and other miniature articles of clothing, were offered to encourage the little people to help in the success of the crop.


Howard Terpning
Quite simply, Howard Terpning is one of the most lauded painters of Western art. His awards are so numerous and he is honored with them so often, that to list them would require changing the count every few months. To name three would be to cite the highest prizes awarded to Western art: countless awards from the Cowboy Artists of America, the Hubbard Art Award for Excellence, the National Academy of Western Artís Prix de West and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Autry National Center. Why such praise? Passion, compassion, devotion and respect for his subject matter, extraordinary talent in palette and brushstroke, an exceptional ability to evoke emotion both in his paintings and from those viewing them ó all this and more has made Terpning the "Storyteller of the Native American." Born in Illinois and educated at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the American Academy of Art, he first gained attention with his captivating advertising and story illustrations. Film fans praised his movie posters for such classics as The Sound of Music, Dr. Zhivago and the re-issue of Gone with the Wind. But his love of the West and Native American traditions saw his transition to fine art. Terpning is an Emeritus member of the Cowboy Artists of America, active for 22 years, during which time he was presented with a total of 41 awards. His book, The Art of Howard Terpning won the Wrangler "Outstanding Art Book" award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Terpning was recently honored with a one-man show at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana featuring 30 of the artistís most distinguished works where he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This career milestone was further celebrated with the publication of Spirit of the Plains People (2001, Greenwich Workshop Press). Terpning is the recipient of the Autry National Center, 2005 Masters of the American West Thomas Moran Memorial Award, given in recognition of exceptional artistic merit for painting.

 

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