Montileaux Featured On UTTC Pow Wow PosterAug 15th, 2005 | By tcj | Category: 17-1: Telling Our Stories, Tribal College News
The red horse and rider are half a length in the lead in a race across ledger page 114. Riders with long black hair streaming, horses in mid-stride, they fly past the handwritten entries of what the treasurer paid from the county general fund in December 1936.
The ledger book art drawing was selected to represent the 36th Annual United Tribes International Pow Wow in 2005. It comes from modern-day storyteller, artist Donald F. Montileaux (Oglala Lakota).
United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, Bismarck, ND) hopes that Montileaux’s design will appeal to those planning to attend the pow wow September 8-11 on the college campus in Bismarck and to people who collect pow wow mementos. The college produced 6,500 posters to promote the event.
Ledger drawings appeared on the Plains in the 1860s, according to Montileaux. Stories were preserved in drawings on the pages of ledger books acquired from non-Indians. It was easier to use ink, pencil, and watercolors on paper than stick and bone brushes on animal hides, especially as the buffalo disappeared.
Montileaux, age 57, attended college at Spearfish, SD, and is primarily a self-taught artist. He received formal training at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, and interned with noted artist Oscar Howe at the University of South Dakota. He credits his personal friend and mentor, the late Herman Red Elk, as his primary artistic influence.
The original drawing, “Faster Horses,” goes into the collection of American Indian art at United Tribes, some of which is on display at the college’s Cultural Interpretive Center.