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Ghost Dance 2018 Calendar

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In the late 1800s, the Ghost Dance religion promised hope and resurrection at a time when Native American nations across America faced destruction. Misunderstood by authorities, the Ghost Dance sparked the savage attack on Sioux men, women, and children at Wounded Knee in 1890. Through his paintings, in Ghost Dance, painter JD Challenger renews the bonds of strength and dignity linking Native Americans to their history.

Published by Tide-mark, the 2018 Ghost Dance wall calendar opens to 13.75 x 20.5 inches.

Paintings by JD Challenger featured in the 2018 calendar include:

• Brave Wolf

 • Bear Society  

 • Protected by the Winged Ones

 • Bear Cult  

• Buffalo Horn  

 • Fox Man  

 • Starfall 

• A Powerful Medicine  

 • Dreams of the Prophets  

 • Where the Wind Blew Free

 • Protected By the Bear  

 • Grey Eyes

About Painter JD Challenger

JD Challenger works closely with Native Americans across the country to inspire his striking paintings. “I am constantly learning,” he explains. “I feel very blessed to have their trust and friendship. Most of the history concerning Native Americans has been written by the white man, but I am lucky enough to hear many of the Indian stories and ideas that have been passed down from generation to generation.” Challenger’s desire to learn has brought him significant acclaim from collectors of fine art originals, limited edition prints, and bronzes. His prints and serigraphs frequently sell out before their release, and their value often rises dramatically within a year of their release date. Challenger’s paintings have a remarkable appeal with both the collectors who buy his work and the Native Americans who inspire them. As one collector explains, “Challenger is capable of painting what can only be described as visual poetry. Whether the viewer relates to the subject matter or not, one must be impressed by the power, depth, and dimension of his talent.” But Challenger feels his greatest achievement is his acceptance by the Native American community. “The color and expression in JD’s paintings bring out the true Native American feeling and pride of the Ghost Dance era,” explains Augie Gray Fox, one of Challenger’s models. “He is like a messenger for the Indian people.”

Flint Carney, Tui-Bi-Tsi (“Handsome Heart”) of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma says this of Challenger: “Scholars of American history are now contemplating the ways in which Indian culture influenced the development of a national character that is uniquely American. JD’s work captures that connection. His uncanny mixture of symbols from two worlds presses the viewer to look for the messages that might be found there. . . . JD understands as well the phenomenon of the Ghost Dance experience and the environment in which it developed. . . . Perhaps JD’s work serves as a bridge that links the past with the present and Indian America with non-Indian. Or perhaps its value simply lies in the artist’s extraordinary talent. I do not know. What I do know is that JD is, and always will be, my brother.”

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