Cree Finery

Limited Edition Print by Howard Terpning

Cree Finery

Howard Terpning
Limited Edition Print
Giclée Paper
14.5 × 18.5 in
Limited Edition of 1000, and Artists Proofs


Artwork Description

In Canada, from the Ottawa River to the Saskatchewan River, the Cree Indians stepped lightly upon the land. Living in harmony with nature. Respecting her riches. Trappers by trade, these native North Americans were always careful not to offend the spirits of the animals upon which they depended.

“When I visited a reservation in Alberta, Canada, I met an elderly woman who still understood the old, sacred ways of the Plains people. She shyly agreed to model for me. In her weathered features we can see that she has known hardship and pain. Her beautifully expressive hands seem to take their strength for granted. With quiet dignity, she and the ways of the Cree Indians endure. I placed her against light background patterns suggestive of original Cree beadwork designs, examples of ‘Cree Finery.’”