My Winter Count
My Winter Count. 26" x 38". Silkscreen, lithograph chine Colle. 2001.

Native Americans kept "calendars" by drawing pictures of significant events on buffalo or deerskin hides. These events marked specific milestones and were used as a way to pass down information. This is my winter count. The figure on the left represents my great grandmother, and all the Indian women who went before me. They have the pictographs from many winter counts on their back. The figure on the right represents me, where cowboys chase Indians. The shoes represent the generations before me, from the moccasin to the high heel.