“Keeper of Secrets”
This paining is based on Native American Indian lore. The buffalo (bison) was very important to the plains Indians and much of their livelihood relied upon these wooly beasts.
The Indians believed that the raven would perch in trees near their encampments and listen in on secret conversations and hunting plans. Then they would fly off and share these secrets with the bison.
As keeper of secrets, the raven would also listen to the buffalo and share their secrets with the Indians. Telling them where they could find the big herds.
This painting along with a thrilling story about Theodore Roosevelt’s younger brother Elliott, can be found in my new book; The Legendary Hunts of Theodore Roosevelt.