I have always been fascinated with the migration of Indians and pioneers across America. In the early 19th century the fur trade moved West across the Mississippi. Both frontiersmen and Indians from the East moved with it. Many frontiersmen that settled Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia were more comfortable living on the edge of a frontier that was constantly moving westward. They joined Indians that were displaced and together trapped, hunted and explored.
I the painting Sign-Talker the western Indian lady is using sign to talk with the eastern Indian. The frontiersmen intently watch and are trying to pick up on what is said. I’m sure scenes like this were common as people from the East came in contact with those of the West.
Sign -Talker is 26”x38” oil on linen