Fighting Bear Antiques sells Blackfoot canvases for charity

In the mid-1900s a Native American warrior and artist, Arrow Top Knot, whose Blackfoot name is Apis-Poch-Kinnaiee, painted a series of pictographs on canvas depicting his wartime exploits.

Originally hung on the walls of the hotels built by the Great Northern Railway in Glacier Nπational Park, Top Knot’s canvases were between 20 and 30 feet long. But Top Knot’s art was taken down in the 1950s when the park adopted a cowboy theme.

Some of his work, as well as the work of a number of other Blackfoot artists who had been featured in the hotels, ended up in museums. Some landed in private collections. But many pieces faded into obscurity.

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