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Robert Scriver (1914-1999)

Watching the Herd, by Bob Scriver

Robert was born on August 15, 1914 in the Blackfeet Indian Reservation town of Browning, where he lived for most of his life. 
Over his long career, he created more than 1,000 sculptures at his foundry - studio - museum complex.The body of his work includes heroic statues of "Buffalo" Bill Cody and Charlie Russell, as well as a 53-piece series about the Blackfeet people entitled "No More Buffalo" and an additional 33-piece series depicting the American rodeo cowboy. Notable works by Scriver are on display at the C.M. Russell Museum, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (both in Great Falls), and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Four Scriver works are on display at the Hockaday in memory of the artist. Three of the bronze sculptures "Watching the Herd," "War Sign," and "Paul's Bull," are part of the museum's permanent collection of work by Montana artists. The fourth, "No More Buffalo," is on loan to the Hockaday from Marshall and Jackie Noice. Like much of Scriver's work, these four pieces depict traditional themes of Western sculpture. Scriver also wrote and published several books, including surveys of his own work and an art history of Blackfeet materials he collected. Two of these books, "The Blackfeet: Artists of the Northern Plains," and "No More Buffalo," were illustrated by Kalispell photographer and artist Marshall Noice. In 1969, in recognition of the high regard the Blackfeet held for him, Scriver was chosen to become the owner of the Little Dog Thunder Medicine Pipe. In 1990, Scriver was presented the Governor's Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts in Montana.

Pictured on the left is "Watching the Herd"