Blackfeet warriors guarding their land by amontanaview

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Blackfeet tribal leaders in Montana asked artist and native Jay Polite Laber to create scrap metal Indian riders to guard the entrances to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation south of Browning. The pair in this photo stands guard at the southern entrance to the reservation on U.S. 89 south of Browning, Montana.

Installed in 2000, four sculptures of two Native American warriors mounted on their horses are located in scenic turnouts. They welcome travelers who enter the Blackfeet Nation from any of the four directions. The northern site is near the US-Canadian border on Highway 89; the east site is on Highway 2 west of Cut Bank; the west site is near East Glacier on Highway 2; and the south site is on Highway 89 near Birch Creek and Heart Butte. A benefit of their structure, elements and large size, they can be viewed and appreciated year-round.

Artist and sculptor, Jay Laber, was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. He currently lives in the Mission Valley and teaches art at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana.

Read more about it at From junk to art, Revised Rez Wrecks of Montana

Taken near Birch Creek on the south edge of the Blackfeet Reservation, Montana, USA.

Canon EOS 7D, 1/640/s, f/8.0, ISO:320, 36mm

Comments

  • Bryan D. Spellman
    Bryan D. Spellmanover 3 years ago

    Thanks, Merle, for the history on these sculptures. I have seen them at various points, but hadn’t read the story behind them.

  • Glad you found it interesting. It was surprisingly difficult to get the facts. I called various people and the Blackfeet Nation and didn’t get much help…but I persisted. The artist lives near my home town of Ronan now and I hope to meet him this weekend.

    – amontanaview

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaover 3 years ago

  • Thank you! This is very “Montana” I think.

    – amontanaview

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