I've got your back...
When I was first sketching this piece
I thought: wow, those birds literally have his back. My next thought was: or did he (bison) let them have a free ride? Historically, magpies would follow bison herds. Magpies forage on insects. When the Plains Indians hunted the bison, the magpies would scavenge the remains of the hunt.
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In Cheyenne Tradition
The magpie is considered a sacred messenger of the Creator. The day after my father’s funeral, a magpie flew into my gallery. He perched himself up on a pedestal and took a good look at my painting. After snapping this pic of him, I quietly said, “I know who you are”. He looked at me for about a minute and then peacefully flew back out. Since then, my dad has visited me as a bird.
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