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Jay Polite Laber


Blackfeet Community College

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Blackfeet Community College

P.O. Box 819

Browning, Montana,59417

United States

Company Description

Blackfeet Community College is most commonly known as BCC. The College is a public two-year Tribally Controlled Community College located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana. BCC was first established through a Tribal Charter by the Bla...more

Background Information

Employment History


Salish Kootenai College


Blackfeet Country

Tribal Member and Artist

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Creative Partnerships Spur Economic Development in Montana [cached]

The statue of two Native American warriors astride their horses by Blackfeet artist Jay Labor is made entirely from old cars, and marks the southeast entrance to the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. (Photo by Liz Hahn, courtesy of the Great Falls Tribune.)

Stevensville Art & Sculpture Society - Public Art [cached]

"Two Left Feet Dancing Free" by Jay Laber
S.A.S.S.'s first sculpture acquisition was "Two Left Feet Dancing Free" by Jay Laber, a popular Montana artist and member of the Blackfeet Tribe. Jay recycles "junk" into art by using found objects such as car parts and transforming them into a unique sculpture. Visit his website to learn more about Jay and see his other works of art.

Laber, a Blackfeet artist who lives on the Flathead Reservation, used to look at a junked, rusted car and imagine the infinite possibilities - wild hair swirling above the head of a dancing warrior, a horse running on an open plain, an eagle soaring above the antlers of a bugling elk.
He has succeeded in capturing time and sealing the moment in steel. The MAM is displaying Laber's work as part of its "Elk Dogs" exhibit, which continues through Feb. 21. It's being displayed in the Lynda M. Frost Contemporary American Indian Gallery. A gallery talk and artist reception is scheduled on Dec. 5. The "Elk Dogs" installation features four invited artists, including Laber, Damian Charette, David Dragonfly and Jeneese Hilton. "I'm from Browning," said Laber. "I think he thought I was going to use rocks or dirt. On my reservation, it was junked cars." Clairmont remembers when Laber first started taking art classes at the college on the Flathead Reservation. Stephen Glueckert, MAM curator, said Laber brings a sense of humor to his work, as well as a celebration of tribal history in which his ancestors once used every part of the buffalo. With that in mind, Laber said he was inspired to do a piece on "what a buffalo thinks of politicians."

Jay Laber: Revived Rez Wrecks
Born on the Blackfeet reservation of northwestern Montana, Jay later moved to New Hampshire with his family after a flood destroyed their home in Montana. He later returned there as an adult to find his roots. As a student at Salish Kootenai College, in Pablo, Montana, Jay began to explore artistic ideas and discovered ways to use readily available materials from the surrounding environment - utilizing a principle of Native American tradition, "...that you make use of what's available to you in your natural environment." He began to collect man-made objects, such as parts from junked cars he found in the fields and back roads of the Flathead reservation that had long ago been abandoned, to use as the raw materials for his sculptures. He created his first monumental metal sculptures, while he was still a student. He calls his work, "Reborn Rez Wrecks." He sold his first recycled warrior to his art instructor at that time. His success began to spring forth as he won the "People's Choice" award at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium's annual conference in Billings, Montana in 1999 with a larger-than-life bison sculpture. This work was later purchased by Westphalian State University in Muenster, Germany. Laber's memory of the flood that destroyed his family's home inspired a sculpture for which he was commissioned by his native Blackfeet Reservation. In 2000, he completed work on eight life-size warriors on horseback from metal recovered from wrecked cars left deserted along nearby riverbanks by the 1963 flood. His Blackfeet Reservation Sentries, carefully crafted from relics of the past, now stand guard at the four entrances to the Reservation. Much of Jay's present work is done on a commission basis, among which is his recently completed sculpture, "A Warrior's Offering," which he designed for the Rocky Boy's Reservation in north-central Montana. Another recent work, "Two Left Feet Dancing Free," was purchased by the town of Stevensville, Montana. From October 21 to 25 Jay will be the Holter's fourth 2013 Cultural Crossroads Artist-in-Residence, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which will provide educational programs at the Museum for Helena middle school students. This exhibition and the Cultural Crossroads Artist-in-Residence Program are generously sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Montana Arts Council, the Montana Cultural Trust, and members of the Holter Museum of Art. Image: Jay Laber, Swift Fox, metal sculpture, 2004, Montana Historical Society, 2005.17.01 Click a photo for an enlargement:

Welcome to Blackfeet Country ~Browning Montana~ Glacier Park

From scraps of rusted automobiles, bits of barbed wire and the stones of an old mission school, Blackfeet tribal member and artist Jay Laber has created a statue of two Native American warriors astride their horses at each of the four entrances to the Blackfeet Reservation.

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