Mixed Media Series - Number 32 of 42 as of January 2012
Ink, graphite, colored pencil and carbon transfer on paper
8.5 x 11”
Buffalo Head Source: Harper’s Magazine, artist unknown
As the keystone species of the North America’s Great Plains, Bison bison bison shaped America’s prarie grassland ecological system for millenniums. Before man re-shaped this vast ecosystem with sprawling networks of housing, agriculture, industry and infrastructure, the American Bison were the crucial player in maintaining this delicately balanced land of grass, fire, and migrating herds.
Only 1% of America’s “pre-discovery” prairie grasslands remain today. Only 15,000 “wild” buffalo remain today, down from an estimated 80 million buffalo in the mid-1800’s. Now there are two good reasons to put a “bison head on an end of stick” if there ever was one.