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Buffalo Path, The Gathering

- a tribute to family, community and culture

The Lake Agassiz Arts Council has launched "Herd About the Prairie", an arts stampede featuring 50-plus life-size bison replicas that will each be assigned to a regional artist, where they will undergo a transformation from rosin statue to public art. The "herd" of bison will be on display throughout the region all summer long and auctioned off in the fall.

West Acres Mall was the host to one of the statues and artists. Renowned artist Monte Yellow Bird, also known as Black Pinto Horse, created "Buffalo Path, the Gathering", a tribute to family, community and culture, in the JCPenney wing of West Acres, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 2pm-6pm February 18 through March 16th, 2006. The completed buffalo is in the Herberger's Court of the West Acres mall. To find out more about the project and follow the heard, go to their website.

"We're only on this earth for such a short time, if you're going to shine, shine brightly." - Monte Yellow Bird

Herd About the Prairie - A Virtual Art Stampede
To see airing dates for the Herd About the Prairie Documentary go to:
Prairie Public Television
To see more of Black Pinto Horse painting Buffalo Path the Gathering see below .

Hope Deutcher of Prairie Public Television
Hope Deutcher of Prairie Public Television has been involved behind the scenes to help make this project successful and enjoyable for viewers like you.

Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts standing with good friends Martha Olsen, the Director of Lake Agassiz Arts Council and Mike Olsen, the Marketing Manager for the council.
Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts standing with good friends Martha Olsen, the Director of Lake Agassiz Arts Council and Mike Olsen, the Marketing Manager for the council.

The auction was a successful event and many came to see and bid on their favorite bison.  Look for the bison around Fargo in their new homes.
The auction was a successful event and many came to see and bid on their favorite bison.

Opening Ceremony was February 18, 2006 at 11:00

Opening Ceremony Announcement
February 18
Opening Ceremony
West Acres Sign
February 18
Monte Yellow Bird hits the Marquis lights
West Acres Sign
February 18
West Acres Sign for Opening Ceremony
Loren Yellowbird
Loren Yellowbird
Interpreter, Three Tribes
Opening Ceremony
February 18
Breathtaking voices harmonizing the "Chief Mountain" song.
Opening Ceremony
February 18
Martha Olsen introduces the Lake Agassiz Arts Council, Herd about the Prairie Project and artist Black Pinto Horse.
Monte Yellow Bird at Opening Ceremony
February 18
Artist Black Pinto Horse shares his understanding of gifts and introduces the ideas for the project.
Opening Ceremony
February 18
Opening Ceremony
Erin Wood at the Opening Ceremony
February 18
Erin Wood shares the success of the "Spirit of the Painted Pony" project on behalf of Lake Region State college.
Opening Ceremony
February 18
Sherri Ouellette interpretting the "Morning Prayer" in American Sign Language.
Opening Ceremony
February 18
Julius Holy Bear, president of the Native American Club at LRSC shares his thoughts on the success of the project- the joining together of two communities.
Opening Ceremony
February 18
Ojibwa singers warming up their Chief Mountain voices.
Base coat painting at the opening ceremony.
February 18
Base coat paining at the Opening Ceremony - white for purity.
Children help with the base coat painting.
February 18
Children help with the base coat paining at the Opening Ceremony
Children help with the base coat painting.
February 18
2 special helpers.
Everyone participates in painting the base coat.
February 18
Base coat paining at the Opening Ceremony
Monte and Emily base coat.
February 18
Husband and wife team ready to begin.
Monte Painting Buffalo Path
Let's hope this buffalo doesn't kick
Monte Painting Buffalo Path
No airbrush, just fan brush and oil paint.
Monte takes a break to sign a print.
Black Pinto Horse takes a break to sign a print.
Buffalo Path in progress.
Buffalo Path in progress.

Buffalo Path in progress.
The forming of the foundation.

Buffalo Path in progress.
Five feathers representing the 5 Nations present at the opening- Ojibwa, Arikara, Hidatsa, Mandan, amd Dakota.
Buffalo Path in progress.
Much more to come and that includes bright colors!
74 yr old Marathon Runner Emmett Eastman with Monte and Emily Yellowbird
74 yr old Marathon Runner Emmett Eastman with Monte and Emily Yellowbird
Canadian Visitor with Monte "Black Pinto Horse" Yellowbird
Canadian Visitor with Monte "Black Pinto Horse" Yellowbird
Martha Olsen
Closing Ceremony
March 19
Martha Olsen and Black Pinto Horse
Martha Olsen of Lake Agassiz Arts Council, Brad Schlossman, CEO of West Acres, and Monte and Emily Yellowbird
Martha Olsen of Lake Agassiz Arts Council, Brad Schlossman, CEO of West Acres, and Monte and Emily Yellowbird
Martha Olsen's Mark of Ownership
Closing Ceremony
March 19
Martha Olsen's Mark of Ownership
Brad Schlossman's Mark of Ownership
Closing Ceremony
March 19
Brad Schlossman's Mark of Ownership
Right Side of Buffalo
Closing Ceremony
March 19
Right Side of Buffalo
Left Side of Buffalo
Closing Ceremony
March 19
Left Side of Buffalo

To see the Program of the Opening Ceremony
at West Acres Mall in Fargo ND, click here.


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