But Gave Them In Gift

This “Wild Horse Monument” called ‘Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies’ was created by David Govedare in 1990. It depicts a legend that the “Grandfather Spirit” gave the Plateau Indians horses. Originally, the piece was supposed to include a gigantic basket out of which the ponies were cut loose.

According to Govedare: ‘The Grandfather Spirit said: “Creatures of this planet, behold, a Great Basket! I send this basket, bearing the gift of life, to all corners of the universe. Now, take these ponies; I am cutting them loose. They will inspire a spirit of free will. They will be a companion for work and play on this planet.”‘

This sounds all Indian and stuff, but it’s actually not. Govedare isn’t a Plateau Indian. He’s not even Native American. It seems to be just his interpretation of what the Native Americans might believe about how horses came to central Washington.

He’s apparently having trouble getting funding for the basket because it looks like a gigantic satellite dish.

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‘But Gave Them In Gift’

Camera: Crown Graphic 4×5 (1962)
Film: Kodak Tmax 100 (x-09/2003); 64iso
Process: HC-110B; 7.5min

Near Vantage, Washington

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