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Expert to discuss Blackfoot war art on Charter Day
Posted on Feb. 4

By the Missoulian

The O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West will host the 12th Annual Native American Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 12, in conjunction with the University of Montana’s Charter Day celebration.

L. James Dempsey will present “Overview of Blackfoot War Art and the Issue of Ownership and Reproducing It” at 7:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 106. The event is free and open to the public.

Dempsey, an enrolled member of the Blood Tribe, will give a historical and material overview of Blackfoot war art, which will include changes in designs, various forms used and war designs in the contemporary Blackfoot world. He also will address the issue of ownership of war designs and who can reproduce them.

Dempsey is an associate professor and director of the School of Native Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He is the author of “Blackfoot War Art: Pictographs of the Reservation Period, 1880-2000” and “Warriors of the King: Prairie Indians in World War I.”

The O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West is a regional studies and public education program of UM. For more information, call 243-7700 or visit

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Don Pepion wrote on Feb 5, 2009 1:32 PM:

" As a College Associate Professor, I have examined Dempsey’s book on Blackfeet War Art and I find it very intriguing and accurate. "


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