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Daniel Smith Cowbird Companion

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75 Signed & Numbered Giclee Canvas
16" x 16"

Congratulations to artist Daniel Smith who is in the middle of another active and productive
year! "Western Art & Architecture" included Daniel and his son, Adam, in their feature story
“The Ties that Bind” in the February/March issue and "Western Art Collector" wrote about
the artist’s trip to Alaska’s Katmai National Preserve and the cover featured his bear and
salmon painting, "Shore Lunch." Daniel returns to the Quest for the West Art Show at
the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis in September, followed by the 25th Annual Western
Visions Miniatures and More Show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson
Hole in September. "Cowbird Companions" is an imposing yet playful portrait of the
majestic American bison. His massive shoulders provide a temporary resting perch
for the nearly constant companion, the cowbird.

In a symbiotic relationship, cowbirds followed herds of bison through grassland to catch
and eat the insects that were stirred up from the animal’s feet. Thus cowbirds were originally
called buffalo birds by early trail herders and cowboys but after the bison herds were
decimated, the name “cowbird” was adapted. The nomadic life of the herd prevents
cowbirds from building nests and nurturing their young so they evolved into parasitic
brooders, depositing their eggs in any available nest built by other species.

The bison is a symbol of North America’s Native American heritage. In 1991 delegates
from 19 native American tribes formed the Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative (ITBC) whose
goals is to restore the bison to millions of acres of tribal lands — and to a central place
in tribal life. “To reestablish healthy buffalo populations on tribal lands is to reestablish
hope for Indian people,” said Fred DuBray, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux.



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