A letterpress print featuring a re-purposed illustration of a bear eating an unidentifiable ungulate.
In some of my readings about the myriad pre-colonial understandings of the roles of apex predators in North America, I continue to come across not only differing nomenclature (translated into English, in my case), but wholly different concepts of how these animals fit into the ecosystems in which they operate(d). These top-of-the-chain predators are often viewed as more than another sentient being in the woods: they are interwoven into the fabric of the woods themselves.
“He was the forest, and when he moved, the forest moved with him.”
Printed on a Vandercook #4 at AS220 in Providence, RI.