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7.000 x 5.000 inches
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Sheep Herder's Wagon From Snowy Range Life
Relief - Bronze
This is an individual relief from Snowy Range Life.
The sheep herders of Wyoming, often of Basque heritage, still use this horse-drawn version of the motor home. Alert visitors driving along the highways can sometimes see a sheep herder's wagon in the distance, as it rumbles across the prairie along with the bleating flock, or perches atop a knoll to catch the breeze, abandoned while the shepherd rides herd with the dogs. The sheep roam vast stretches of sagebrush steppe, and in high summer climb the mountain slopes to forage in the meadows.
Artist Dawn-Senior-Trask has often listened to the tales of the sheep herder, who when encountered on a rare trip to town, makes up for months of loneliness by talking for hours to anyone he can find willing to listen. The old sheep herder tells of his nights spent rifle in hand, ready for the coyote pack or the mountain lion. He squints his distrust of the eagle, but the rattlesnake he does not fear. "You leave them alone, they'll leave you alone." He moves from sheep ranch to sheep ranch through Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, looking for work.
Dawn based this bronze relief plaque on sketches she made of sheep wagons and the striped bluffs of northern Wyoming, plus an old photograph she found in a museum. The photo surprised her, because the shepherd pictured was a young woman.
If you order a print, keep in mind that the original sculpture is only 5 x 7 inches!
July 1st, 2010
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