Four Strong Winds that blow lonely, Seven seas that run high,
All these things don't change, Come what may...
~ Ian Tyson
|Doeskin on eco-print cloth|
The time of Four Strong Winds was before the horse on the vast great plains of "America." It was long before there were sparkling glass beads and colorful trade blankets. There was just the land, the waters, and the Four Strong Winds...
Weather on the plains was unpredictable and often dangerous for the Plains inhabitants. Summer brought violent thunderstorms and tornadoes; winter, fierce blizzards blew in from the north and with it immense snowfall. At other times, searing gale-strength winds raged out of the south to wither the grass and threaten every growing thing.
But, it was the buffalo that was key to life on the plains. Gigantic herds roamed the vast range, matching the immensity of land and sky. In the words of the 19th century zoologist William T. Hornaday: "It would have been as easy to count the number of leaves in a forest as to calculate the number of buffaloes living at any given time previous to 1890."
|Eco print on the cloth provided realistic looking smoke rising from the largest teepee. Can you see the wee one on the young woman's back? |
|The species, Bison bison...|