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"Tatanka Wakań" ~ 8.5"x11" print on paper

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"Tatanka Wakań" ~ 8.5"x11" print on paper

Initially inspired by the Standing Rock water protectors in North Dakota. The background is the Missouri River in North Dakota. The original work, sized 2.3"x3.5", was created for the 4th annual Art-Science Trading Card Exhibition & Gallery Benefit for the Art.Science.Gallery in Austin, TX. All original sales benefit the  Save Art.Science.Gallery crowdfund to help the gallery stay open in 2017!

"Tatanka" is the Lakota word for “buffalo” or “buffalo bull.” However, according to native Lakota speakers, the literal translation is something more like “He who owns us.” Lakota elder Birgil Kills Straight explains it this way:“The four leggeds came before the two leggeds. They are our older brother, we came from them. Before them, we were the root people. We came from them. We are the same thing. That is why we are spiritually related to them. We call them in our language “Tatanka,” which means “He Who Owns Us.” We cannot say that we own the buffalo because he owns us."

The concept of "Wakań" is more complicated but worth learning more about.

Originally created with pencil & ink on toned paper.

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