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Christopher James Rowland, Ma'heonehoo'estse "Man of the Holy Place," is a renowned artist of the Cheyenne Nation (Só'taeo'o and Tsitsistas).
Rowland grew up on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, located in east-central Montana. He began drawing and painting as a young child at every opportunity. His love for art and his powerful vision soon turned into a passion that pulsated his heart.
Rowland's artwork is shown around the world and in many collections, his paintings echo his love of history, perseverance and spirit of his culture, and faith in his Creator.
"My intention as an artist has always been to convey a reality found in the illusion. The challenge for me is to 'see' how colors induce emotion within the human spirit and to bring that to my canvas for the viewer. I believe that music is the reformed spirit of the soul; it must intercede within the realm of graphic interpretation, and is therefore a very important part of my creative process. I am quick to see that I am only a student in this veritable plane of inspiration, a child from the beginning."
As a composer, he mixes centuries-old, Northern Cheyenne modalities and twentieth-century, neo-classical influences, shaped into new compositions. He loves to share the sounds of his Native flute and published two albums "Flute Dreaming" and "Dreams May Come" by Blue Warrior.
With his immense dedication to his art, skill, and culture, Ma'heone is a story teller of the past and of what is yet to come.
- Navajo Times article by Rima Krisst
- "Make No Bones About It" Radio Show with Raven Redbone
- QAWAQ Magazine: Interview with Christopher Rowland
- Sacred Arts Research Foundation "Colors of the Human Spirit: Art Exhibition and Sound Journey with Painter/Musician Christopher Rowland and Dream Seed"
- UVA Arts & Sciences "UVA Flute Ensemble with Special Guest Christopher Rowland"
- Big Sky Journal "Bridging Worlds: The Art of Christopher Rowland" by Cynthia Logan
- Montana Tribal Relations Report "The Art of Cooperation"
- Montana Public Radio (MPR) Interview with Kevin Mackay
- Helena Independent Record "Artist's work inspired by history of Northern Cheyenne"
- Helena Independent Record "Voice for the Cheyenne"