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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, MT

Recently, family members met in Great Falls to celebrate my mother's birthday. We had a nice lunch in the meeting room at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, followed by a tour of this wonderful museum. Above is a view out the window of the Interpretive Center.

The location of this museum is significant because there are a series of five waterfalls in the Missouri River here - spread out over quite a few miles (can't remember how many miles 20, maybe?). The Lewis and Clark expedition had to portage around them. It was a task that they expected to take just a few days, but it ended up taking many weeks. The terrain was so very steep and rough. It was hot. There were lots of prickly pear cactus puncturing the men's moccasins and they were getting infected feet. They survived a major hail storm with baseball sized hail in the midst of the transport. Very dramatic.

Below is my favorite piece from the tour. I love this hand painted buffalo robe. It tells a story.
In my studies of rock art, I have learned that there are some "more modern" pictographs and petroglyphs in this style - at least they show horses and bows and arrows and some even show rifles.

I am so inspired by these images. I have been wanting some images like this for creating Thermofax screens! Hmmmm.....thinking about a new series!

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