National Geographic : 1955 Mar
© National Geographic Society 354 Prairie Fire * F. BLACKBEAR BOSIN (Kiowa-Comanche) When the grass turned dry on the western plains in pioneer days, fire was feared as much by Indians as by white settlers. Prairie Fire has the spirit and dash of art works done on buffalo hides by Plains Indians a hundred years ago. Those earlier paintings were stylized portrayals of contests and exploits involving men, horses, and buffaloes. Such an event as this would have been noted only by a single symbol in a concisely painted calendar history. Such is F. Blackbear Bosin's skill that his animals convey a sense of fright; even the grasses reflect foreboding.