Terran Last Gun (b. 1989) is a Piikani (Blackfeet) visual artist and printmaker. Sah’kwiinaamah’kaa (Last Gun) was born and raised in Browning, Montana, where the Rocky Mountains greet the Great Plains. As a citizen of the Piikani Nation in Montana— who are members of the Blackfoot Confederacy that includes Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani nations of Alberta, Canada—Last Gun is contributing to an ancient Indigenous North American narrative. He often references the visual iconographic vocabulary of Blackfoot painted lodges to explore the varying relationships between nature, sky, cultural narratives, and recollections interpreted in reduced geometric aesthetics and vibrant color harmonies.
Last Gun received his A.S. degree from the Blackfeet Community College in 2011 and his BFA in Museum Studies and AFA in Studio Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2016. He is a recipient of awards from the First Peoples Fund, 2020 Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship; Santa Fe Art Institute, 2018 Story Maps Fellowship; and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 2016 Goodman Aspiring Artist Fellowship. He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Terran Last Gun (Piikani (Blackfeet)). Source of Power 006 (2020), ink and colored pencil on antique paper (c. 1909), 8.75 x 5.5 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.