Set against the majestic firs of the American plains, under looming winter skies, a meeting of fur trappers, Native Americans and cowboys is taking place in this large, original painting. Signed lower left by Indiana artist Lana Graf (1947-2008) and dated Spring 1982, the amount of detail is fascinating. Tipis sit on the snowy ground, white smoke coming from their smoke flaps; the Natives are wrapped in blankets and one is wearing a headpiece with buffalo horns. The trappers and cowboys wear jackets (one is a fringed buckskin) and hats-- two are fur "Davy Crocket" types and two are Stetsons.
This oil on canvas panel measures 22 inches by 28 inches with a 2 1/2 inch wide frame; the sight size is 17 inches by 23 inches and it weighs almost 5 pounds. The wood frame is stained a warm, medium brown and has a flat inner molding with an outer molding decorated with a line of notches. It's simple and rustic and slightly rugged (it even has a knothole)---perfect for the artwork. Both painting and frame are in excellent condition; there's a wire on back, so it's ready to decorate your favorite spot.
>>>According to the website https://statesymbolsusa.org. "The name "Indiana" means "Land of the Indians" or "Land of Indians." Various Native American tribes are a significant part of Indiana history, including the Miami, Chippewa, Delaware, Erie, Shawnee, Iroquois, Kickapoo, Potawatomies, Mahican, Nanticoke, Huron, and Mohegan." By the way, these are tipis, not teepees, because they have a smoke flap at the top.