Alaina Buffalo Spirit began her journey as a self-taught artist in 2004. It was through the tragic loss of her only son that Alaina found solace in art. She was chosen as the 2010 Featured Artist of the Great Falls Indian Art Show in Great Falls, as well as a One-Woman Art Show at the Uprising Gallery in Bozeman in 2011. Most recently, Alaina was chosen to represent Montana by designing ornaments for the national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. She chose the Chief Dull Knife College, representing the Northern Cheyenne nation, to work with the project.
Ledger art derives from Plains Indian Biographic art, which recorded actual events important in the lives of individuals and groups, usually as naturalistic action scenes composed primarily of horses, humans, weapons, and tipis.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 5:00 - 7:00pm Mountain
Ledger/Map Art from the 1870's
Based on a historical consciousness of awareness and the roles of Plains Indian warriors who were held as prisoners in Florida. Alaina, as a female artist, depicts images of women’s roles in their daily lives during this same period.
Thursday, May 3, 2012 | 5:00 - 7:00pm Mountain
Ledger/Map Art Enhanced with Storytelling
Many stories are handed down through storytelling, as told by elders in Alaina’s family. Many of the stories her grandparents shared have never been recorded nor written. Oral history is the natural process of teaching the young about the culture and traditions of the Cheyenne.
MSUB, College of Education Building, Room 122