Gordon, a tale of a baby American bison.

Artist’s Note

Gordon The Bison

“Each year I have the privilege of being invited to paint at the beautiful Medano/Zapata Ranch in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. It is home of a herd of over 2500 American bison. Most of the time you can’t get close to these magnificent American icons so when a little bison was found alone out on the range and needed to be rescued everyone on the ranch couldn’t stay away and talked of nothing else. One of the ranch hands gave him the name Gordon. So it seemed very natural when one of the ranch guests suggested someone should write a story about Gordon. I was immediately intrigued. Sometime later when I began thinking about a story for a little bison it came to me that this little bison didn’t know what he was because he was not with a herd and there was no other bison around to teach him. He couldn’t go back into the herd. it would be impossible to get them to accept him. So he had to go on a journey of self discovery and find a place where he fit in and could be happy.” – Martha Mans

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