The Lakota Way 2011 wall calendar features all original artwork from Oglala Lakota artist Donald F. Montileaux and text by author Joseph M. Marshall III. Montileaux specializes in Plains "ledger art." Ledger art is a form of picture writing that was prevalent during the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Plains artists recorded strories in financial ledger books. It was a simple source of paper that was easy to obtain. The pages were lined and numberedů hence the term "ledger art."
Each spread includes the Lakota names for the months, such as "When Calves Are Red" and "When Things Ripen." Marshall's text presents a traditional Lakota virtue for each month, guiding the reader along the Lakota path of wisdom.
Marshall is a teacher, historian, Lakota craftsman and writer. He has authored several screenplays in addition to six books, including the highly acclaimed "Walking with Grandfather", "The Lakota Way" and "The Journey of Crazy Horse". Marshall is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and was most recently involved with the television miniseries Into the West as narrator, actor and consultant.
Donald F. Montileaux, is a master ledger artist, and following in the footsteps of his forefathers, he has rekindled ledger art with a collection of striking images that capture the unique Lakota way of life.
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