I was inspired to create “Horse Comes” after helping George Sibley, a documentary filmmaker, work on the film he was creating called The Shadows of David Thompson.
David Thompson arrived in Canada from Britain as a teen-age boy and apprenticed for the Hudson Bay Company. He was taught celestial navigation and became “the greatest geographer of his day”. Thompson mapped most of the Canadian and American West. His work is what established the 49th parallel, which is now the boundary between Canada and America and he also found the source of the Columbia River.
The part of the film I got to help with was a scene where David Thompson had met up with some Blackfeet and they were telling him their first experience with a horse. That is why I called this “Horse Comes”.
The Blackfeet said the first time their people saw a horse was about 300 years ago and they called it an elk dog. I should have called this image Elk Dog Comes or even better yet called it the Blackfeet word for elk dog which is “po-no-kah-mita”.
The image was created from three photos. The moon, the tipi image and the horse. The horse is actually running along the St. Mary’s ditch outside Babb, Montana on the Blackfeet Nation. This ditch is part of the St. Mary’s/ Milk river irrigation project my Great Grandfather HH Nelson helped dig and helped get the funding from congress for.
One winter after creating this image some girlfriends came over to my home and asked “Nancy how long did it take you to put that Indian head silhouette in there?” I replied “What Indian head silhouette?” I had not seen this while creating this image. Can you see it? I believe I was helped by divine intervention.