The Native American Limited Edition Print set came to be as the result of Michael Gault's research and interest into indigenous peoples. The result of the research was finding many historic Americans who lived and led their culture with bravery and integrity. Gault selected four individuals, and did charcoal portraits from archival photographs. For the printing process, Michael reached out to a local printing company and approached them to produce a series of limited edition prints, with an agreement that allowed the artist to monitor the entire printing process to ensure accuracy in the production process.
The original portraits are owned the Gault family. The prints have been sold internationally. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist, and comes with a certificate of authenticity that gives biographical information on the individual subject. The prints are shown here as a matted unit, but are beautiful matted individually as well. Size of the individual print is 18 x 12, and it is recommended to be matted individually with a size 20 x 16 matte. Prints are sold as a set or individually.
The Studio Price for this set of 4 prints is $200.00. Individual prints are also available at the Studio Price of $75.00 each.
The individual historical indigenous portraits are shown below for single Limited Edition Print purchases.
Tes’ Tush Iron Bear Plenty Coups Chief Joseph
Portrait 1 on the far left: Is an authentic portrait of the Crow Healer, Tes’ Tush who lived from 1832-1904. He became known as “Wolf” due to his elaborate wolf-like costume, and the Stalking Wolf Ceremony he used during his healing treatments. Healers or Medicine Men were trained in herbal remedies, ceremonies and traditions. Wolf became very successful with his medicines. He carried his herbs in a medicine bag which was actually a tanned wolf skin, and was called upon for treatments throughout the Crow Nation.
Portrait 2 on the mid left: Is an authentic portrait and portrays the Yankton Sioux Chieftain known as Iron Bear. He was known for his leadership abilities and his desire to unite his people with the white man. Iron Bear was recognized as an important leader by President Andrew Johnson, and was awarded as a Presidential Medal during the signing of the Johnson Peace Treaty, which was one of the many treaties broken by Washington.
Portrait 3 on the mid right: is an authentic portrait of the Crow Warrior, who lived from 1848 - 1932 & who at an early age experienced his first vision. While on top of a mountain a Dwarf Chief came to him in the vision, and told him that he could give him nothing. He told the young brave that he possessed the power within himself to become great, if he would but cultivate his senses. Later he received another vision in which a wolf explained that he should be dependent on his nose for food, friends and danger. In another vision a Chickadee taught him to listen, not just to what was said, but to what went on around him The boy developed his senses, and became an outstanding warrior counting over 80 coups. He became known as “Plenty Coups”, rising eventually to the rank of Chief of the Crow.
Portrait 4 on the far right: is an authentic portrait of the Nez Perce’ leader who lived between 1832-1904. Chief Joseph was an eloquent leader and an advocate of peace and yet he was forced from his homeland. He led 750 of his people on a 1300 mile journey in an attempt to flee to Canada. During the journey he defeated the U. S. Army in seven battles and was finally defeated only 20 miles from the Canadian border. He was often called the Indian Napoleon and was considered a military genius. After his defeat he made the eloquent statement, “As the sun now stands I will fight no more forever”.