Lewis & Clark Artists

Visions of Lewis and Clark Artists and Kites

Steve Ferrel, – Wescosville, PA

“Rosetree”   Rosetree
April 28, 1806, Capt. Lewis

“A little before sunset the fiddle was played and the men amusded themselves with dancing about an hour. we then requested the Indians to dance which they very cheerfully complied with; they continued their dance until 10 at night.
the whole assemblage of Indians about 550 men women and children sung and danced at the same time.”

John & Mary Gabby, – Colorado Springs, CO

“Fir Trees on Fire”  Fir Trees
Capt. Lewis, June 25, 1806

“Last evening the Indians entertained us with setting the fir trees on fire.  They have a great number of dry lims…which, when set on fire create a very sudden and immense blaze from top to bottom of those tall trees.”


Scott  Skinner, – Monument, CO
“Prickley Pear & the Meadowlark”   Prickly Pear
June 22, 1805, Capt. Lewis

“The prickly pears were extremely troublesome to us, sticking our feet through our mockersons…There is a kind of lark here…with a yellow breast and a black spot on the croup…the form of the tail which is pointed being feathers of uneven length.”


Dave & Diane Butler, – Tigard, OR  First View
“First View of the Great Falls”
June 13 & 14, 1805, Capt. Lewis

“I hurried down the hill which was about 200 feet high & difficult access to gaze on this sublimely grand specticle … on my right formes the grandest sight I ever beheld.”
“…I overlooked a beautiful an extensive plain reaching from the river to the base of the snow-clad mountains. I also observed the missoury stretching its meandering course to the south.”


Eric Curtis & Anne Sloboda, – Ontario, CA 
“Nine Feathers”  Nine Feathers
Nine painted feathers represent foru prominent Native Chiefs and five Indian youth that assisted the Corps on the arduous trip.
Handpainted eagle feathers form the main quadrants and hawk feathers hang fromthe points of the kite.


Mike Gee, – Jamestown, ND
“The Shield”  The Shield
February 14, 1806, Capt. Lewis

“We now discover that we have found themost practicable and navigable passage across the Continent of North America.”


Tim Denton, – Littleton, CO
“Snake Dance”  Snake Dance
June 15, 1805, Capt. Clark

“When I awoke I found a large rattlesnake coiled on the learning trunk of a tree…at a distance of about 10 feet…I killed the snake and found he had 176 scuta on the abdomen and 17 half formed scuta on the tail.”


Jose Sainz, – San Diego, CA
“Clark on the Yellowstone”  On the Yellowstone
13th July, 1806, Capt. Clark

“My party now Consists of the following persons Viz: Sergant N. Pryor, Jo Shields, G. Shannon William Bratton, Labrech, Windsor, H.Hall, Gibson, Interpreter Shabono his wife & Child and my man york; with 49 horses and a colt”


Drake Smith, – Springfield, VA
“Nine Cell Visions”  Nine Cell
This kite honors all the Native American Tribes that Lewis and Clark had contact with. These tribes assisted the Corps and made the journey successful.


Harold Ames, – King George, VA
“President Thomas Jefferson”  Jefferson
June 20, 1803, Jefferson to Cpt. Lewis

“The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river and such principal stream of it, as, by its course and communication with the waters of the Pacific ocean, whether the Columbia, Oregon Colorado or any other river may offer the most direct & practical water communication across this continent for the purposes of commerce.”


Betty Street, – Lubbock, TX
“The Prairie, Coyotes & Dogs”  Prairie Dogs
May 5, 1805, Capt. Lewis

“The country is as yesterday beautiful in the extreme….the small wolf or burrowing dog are very active, fleet and frequently bark…of a pale reddish brown color, the eye a deep sea green ….”
September 11, 1804
“Today we saw hundreds of small, barking squirrels, very social animals that warn each other of our presence.


Joanne Weber, – Minneapolis, MN
“Native Angels”   Angels
This colorful kite pays tribute to the Native American women that continually assisted teh Corps of Discovery during their travels by feeding them, guiding them through unknown territory, and saving them from attacks by warriors.


Jon Burkhardt, – Bethesda, MD
“Where the Mountain Lion Sleeps”  Mountain Lion
July 25, 1806, Capt. Clark

“I proceeded on after the rain lay a little and at 4pm arrived at a remarkable rock…this rock I ascended and from its top had a most extensive view in every direction. The natives have engraved on the face of this rock the figures of animals & c. near which I marked my name & the date of the month & year.”


John Pollock, – Billings, MT
“Crows Stealing the Buffalo Ponies”  Buffalo Ponies
July 23, 1806, Capt. Clark

“those Indian Signs is conclusive with me that they have taken the 24 horses which we lost on the night of the 20th.”


Barbara Meyer, – Maple Grove, MN
“Ghost Herds”  Ghost Herds
April 16, 1805, Capt Lewis

“We saw immense quantities of game in every direction around us as we passed up the river; consisting of heards of Buffaloe, Elk & Antelope with some deer & woolves.”

May 26, 1805, Capt Lewis
“These points of the Rocky Mountains were covered with snow and the sun shone on it in such a manner to give me the most plain and satisfactory view.”


Deb Lenzen, – Garrison, ND
“The Monumental Task”  Task
In Honor of Captain Meriwether Lewis, August 18, 1774 – October 11, 1809 and Captain William Clark
August 1, 1770 – September 1, 1838 
“The captains’ worked hard to establish good relations between the natives and the young republic they represented.” Gary Moulton, “The Journals of Lewis & Clark”.


Sharon Musto, – Winnepeg, CA
“Mosquitoe Torture”  Torture
September 11, 1803, Capt. Lewis

“My dog was of the Newfoundland breed, very active, strong and docile.”
July 15, 1806, Capt. Lewis
“The musquitoes continue to infest us in such a manner that we can scarcely exist…..My dog even howls with the torture he experiences from them.”


Charlie Dunton, – Yorktown, VA
Sacagawea & Pomp”  Sacajewa
Clark to Shabono August 20, 1806
“Your woman, who accompanied you that long and fatigueing rout to the Pacific ocean and back, deserved a greater reward for her attention and services on that rout than we had in our power to give her.”


Terry Zee Lee, – Billings, MT
“Spirit of the Horses”  Horses
April 7, 1805, Capt. Lewis to President Jefferson
“The circumstances of the Snake Indians possessing large quantities of horses, is much in our favor, as by means of horses, the transportation of our baggage will be rendered easy and expeditiously overland, from the Missouri to the Columbia.”


Randy Shannon, – Flagstaff, AZ
“The Journals the Journey”  Journals
“a fine morning. We commenced writing”
Theodore Roosevelt said about the journals, “Few explorers who saw and did so much that was absolutely new have written of their deeds with such quiet absence of boasfulness, and have drawn their descriptions withsuch compleat freedom from exaggeration.”


Adrianne Balmer, – Hopewell, VA
“Pablo the Grizzly”  Grizzly
May 6, 1805, Capt. Lewis
“I find the curioussity of our party is pretty well satisfied with rispect to this animal…the formidable appearance of themale bear killed on the 5th…plus the difficulties with which they die…has staggered the resolution of several of them.”
“Capt Clark and Drouillard killed the largest brown bear this evening which we have yet seen…a most tremendous looking animal…He measured 8’7″ from nose to hindfoot…”


Sam Huston, – Kent, WA
“The Roster of the Corps”  Roster
April, 1805
Those thirty-three persons who were members of the expedition party who left Fort Mandan in April of 1805 and traveled to the Pacific & back.


Lam Hoac, – Onterio, CA
“Montana Blood & Body”  Blood & Body
Many of Montana’s rivers and mountains were named by Corps of Discovery members. This kite honors all the landmarks named during the historic journey 200 years ago.


Adam Grow, – Silver Springs, MD
“Flock of Crows”  Crows
April 4, 1806, Capt. Lewis
“we saw the marten, gees the small, speckled woodpecker with a white back, the Blue crested Corvus, ravens, crows, eagles Vultures and hawks.”


Kathy Goodwind, – Seattle, WA
“Sacagawea & the Blue Whale”  Sacajewa and Whale
January 6, 1806, Capt. Lewis
The indian woman was very importunate to be permitted to go, and was therefore indulged: she observed that she had traveled a long way with us to see the great waters, and that now that monstrous fish was also to be seen,she thought it very hard she could not be permitted to see either” (A blue whale, measured by Clark at 150 feet long)


Sue Lennon, – Washington, DC
“Wild Horses”  Wild Horses
August 29, 1805, Capt. Clark
“our wish is to get a horse for each man to carry our baggage and for someof the men to ride occasionally.”


Ron Gibian, – Visalia, CA
“Rochejuane River”  River
July 19, 1806, Capt Clark
“I determined to have two Canoes made out of the largest of those trees, and lash them together which will Cause them to be Sturdy and fully Sufficient to take my Small parthy and Self with what little baggage we have down this river.”


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