The artist highlights Native American culture

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GREAT FALLS — Great Falls is host to the Great meeting of Western art with artists from all over showing their work and passion. Ben Pease, a Native American whose pieces are on display at the Great Western Art Rendezvous in Great Falls, says his work is more than just a prize. It represents Native American culture and heritage.

Pease is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe near Billings and traveled to Great Falls to share his work.

“I do this because I reflect on what it means to be a leader. I think about what it means to protect your culture, to protect the beauty that you still have,” he said.

He found his passion for art through the preservation of Native American traditions and was inspired to help the movement to “take back” native culture.

Pease explained, “As I see it as an artist, I think we’re here today to share our creativity because the world needs beauty. You know, there is a place for raw beauty.

One piece he created is a depiction of the Crow Chief Plenty Coups. “I started with a poem in the background and it talks about how we’re still here and we’re still living and we still have stories to tell. And it’s powerful to be able to get those stories back. It’s a beautiful thing,” he said.

(MTN News) Artist Ben Pease

Pease hopes to inspire a new generation of Native Americans to embrace art and showcase Native culture in a new way.

“Being able to recognize that an Indigenous artist can come here and represent our people and help, you know, it helps us heal. It helps us grow. It helps us move in the right direction, and it helps us tell stories of our families and helps us laugh, love, and learn.

Pease said, “I think we’re here today to share our creativity because the world needs beauty. You know, there’s a place for raw beauty.”

One of her goals is to inspire a new generation of Indigenous artists to create: “Being able to recognize that an Indigenous artist can come here and represent our people and help, you know, it helps us heal. It helps us grow. . It helps us move forward in the right direction, and it helps us tell stories about our families and helps us laugh, love, and learn. Click here to visit his website.


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