Christopher James Rowland is widely known for his stirring depictions of Native people and landscapes. His Cheyenne (Só'taeo'o and Tsitsistas) name Ma'heonehoo'estse translates to "He whom Dwells in the Holy Place" or "Holy Fire Man." Rowland was born on the Indian Reservation in east-central Montana and began drawing at a very early age. It was a tough life, yet from this oppressive experience he learned resiliency and perseverance, making him a standout athlete and a gifted artist. As a composer, he mixes centuries-old, Northern Cheyenne modalities and twentieth-century, neo-classical influences, shaped into new compositions.
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