Original Ledger Art - 7 Generations Ago
Seven Fires Art is pleased to offer this great example of traditional Ledger Art by Lakota Artist Merle Locke!
Seven Generations Ago
This ink and acrylic on ledger sheet from the Hagel Mercantile Company in Pine Ridge is signed Merle Locke and dated 2019.
The ledger tells a story of a $1.33 credit extended in November 1934 for a belt and postage. It appears the belt was returned the next September to satisfy the outstanding balance, certainly a testament to the poverty that has always gripped Native people on reservations. Over this transaction, Locke has depicted a very lovely family of '7 Generations Ago' - healthy and flourishing with fancy belts and other beautiful traditional dress - as well as an eagle flying overhead indicating the blessing and guardianship of their ancestors and hoof prints identifying many horses.
Approximately 11" x 11". Unframed; custom framing is available, please inquire.
Prints are also available. High resolution scans are used to produced fine quality giclee prints on premium art stock at the same size as the original plus a 1" border. Select Print Above.
Merle is one of the most recognized Oglala Lakota artists working today!
Watch a video of Merle discussing his art.