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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD -Timtday, Ftbruary 19, 1974 Sun Dance scene, Blood Reserve 1956 Chicken Dance 1960 Tree Burial 1960 Tail feat histor That Gerald Tailf eathers was born on the Blood Indian Reserve was an accident of birth. And although that accident has left its mark, he considers himself an artist, not an Indian, and steadfastly refuses to mix Indian politics with his work. While he lives near the centre of the reserve, at Standoff, Gerald Tailfeathers could just as well have built his home in the foothills southeast of Calgary. "An artist has one skin and one language, and although I'm Indian, I'm an artist that paints Indians." Paints them, and other western scenes, very well well enough to have made his living from his art for over 10 years. When he records on canvas or cardboard the now-lost way-of-life of the plains Indian before white culture took its toll, Mr. Tailfeathers is acting like any other historian, red, white, or blue. Granted, an historian fortunate enough to have at least glimpsed the culture he is recording. Indians on the Blood Reserve still lived much in the old way during 20s, when Mr. Tailfeathers was a small boy There were very few cars and some people still lived in tents. "I've seen the real he says, recalling talks with "old-timers" who could remember Indian life before the treaties were signed and the reserves established. "I want to preserve that." He says there is now a revival of Indian culture, was made fun o He recognize; return to their f hopes they will i standards of ded parents Mr. Tailfeathi and pen-and-ink common mediui heritage are ni Indian pride and message. He paints th< them, so the ad Most of his cu he says even e< are seldom mtei They don't apf time and work i Jcc Mr. Tailfeathei dose of jealous Indians who are white world. They feel I side was away from tl says of his fellov For these reas people in the art with him, Ge partial seclusion people. He has t and his art. That seclusion I recent origin. When he return ;