This print measures approximately 11 inches wide by 17 inches tall, including the white border around the image. The actual image is approximately 10 inches by 14 inches. It is printed on high quality, acid-free card stock and each one is signed by the artist. It is shipped flat in a rigid container to prevent damage.
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The legend of the Piasa Bird is rooted in old Native American traditions. The Illini tribe, whose name became the basis for naming the State of Illinois, was responsible for giving this creature the name "Piasa," which means "a bird that devours men." It is described as being similar to a panther, but endowed with elk-like horns and having a winged body covered with greenish-black scales and a long fish-like tail that curled around its body. The Piasa Bird had a bearded, humanlike face with huge fangs, and the Illini attested that it was so strong that it could carry off a fully grown buffalo in its talons
For years the fierce Piasa Bird continuously attacked Illini villages and slaughtered their people and their animals. Many warriors perished in futile attempts to kill the Piasa Bird, but the creature finally met its match in Chief Ouatoga. The elderly chief was determined to end to the destruction of his tribe's villages and the deaths of his people at the hands of the insatiable and murderous Piasa Bird. After a long fast, Ouatoga was visited in a dream by the Great Spirit who told him to arm a group of his best warriors with bows equipped with poison arrows and to set up an ambush outside the Piasa Bird's cave. The chief himself volunteered to be the bait to attract the creature into bowshot range where it was slain by his braves and subsequently swept away by the current of the Mississippi.