||The Western Folklife Center is pleased to announce that the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering poster artwork is from a piece called Comes Back, by Oglala Lakota artist, Donald F. Montileaux. Comes Back is was created with India ink and colored pencils on 1930s ledger paper—accounting ledger books were a common source of paper for the Plains Indians from the 1860s to the 1940s.
Born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Montileaux attended college in Spearfish, and received formal art training at the Institute of American Indian Art, a tribal college in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was tutored by famed Dakota Artist Oscar Howe and traditional buffalo hide painter Herman Red Elk. Montileaux' art has taken him to national art shows throughout the United States, Germany and Spain. He was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2014.