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January 31, 2013
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Local ledger artist George Flett, right, explains the story behind the ledger art a couple purchased while at an exhibit of Flett’s work held at Tinman Gallery in Spokane in January 2008. Flett has become nationally recognized for his work and had recently published a book entitled “George Flett:Ledger Art.”

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American Indian artist George Flett, of the Spokane Tribe, traces the outline of a Prairie Chicken Dancer on a strip of ledger paper fixed on canvas at his studio in Wellpinit, Wash., in June 2007. Flett, who died Wednesday, was one of a growing number of artists who are continuing the tradition of ledger art as a historical record of the Native American people.

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George Flett points out the raised canvas detail he included on his mixed media ledger art piece at his studio on the Spokane Reservation in Wellpinit, Wash., June 26, 2007.

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The work of ledger artist George Flett. Ledger art is a traditional Indian art form, which began when Plains Indian warriors obtained ledgers through trade or by force, and drew upon them pictographic representations of sacred visions and heroic actions.

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“At the Parade” by George Flett. Gouache, color pencil on North American Light & Power Company 1921 stock certificate.