In many cultures, the Magpie is seen as a messenger, a being that can travel between the dark and the light, the good and the bad. The wily magpie is also seen as one that stands in the doorway of new realms, bringing word of other events and places. The dove of course is a symbol of peace.
This Blackfeet Woman stands near Birdwoman Falls in what is now Glacier Park. She is open to the story the birds bring her, their evolution from magpie to dove foretelling the coming of peace among the tribes.
The dress this woman wears exists today and is a fine example of Blackfeet handiwork, dating from the 1800’s. It is made of brain-tanned hide and embellished with many elk ivories and trade beads.
“They Speak of Peace” is an oil, 36 x 24, and is available through the beautiful new Sacagawea Gallery in Bozeman, MT.