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Nora Foote, an English artist, visited the Blood Reserve in Alberta, Canada, in 1895. She painted a number of portraits of the local people as well as this scene, which depicts the dwellings and surrounding landscape. Tipis, such as those depicted here, were the traditional dwellings of the Blackfoot. They were constructed of buffalo hides over a framework of wooden poles. Up to 20 hides were used to make one cover, depending on the desired size of the tipi. Several women worked together to cut and sew the hides, which were painted before they were put over the frame. The painted designs were protective and passed down in the owner’s family.

The Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford



Scene on the Blood Reserve




oil on canvas


H 46 x W 56 cm

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gift, 1962

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