About the Artist:
A shy little girl hid on the steps waiting for her friend to come out of the house. Close by the loggers were having their morning coffee and talk of the wild little native horses that ran wild in the woods was often the topic of conversation.
Rhonda Snow, never forgot the stories and as a grown woman asked the Ministry of Natural Resource officers who visited her ranch if they ever saw the little horses when they flew over Northwestern Ontario doing the moose count. They had never seen them but knew that Rare Breeds Canada had word of a herd that was living in Minnesota and were looking for a breeder to bring them back to Canada. Rhonda took on that role and soon after, the Ojibway Spirit Horses known as Lac Lacroix Indigenous ponies stepped foot back on their ancestral lands back in Canada.
The Spanish horse inspectors came to see these rare horses and said they were NOT Spanish mustangs and soon the Elders spoke of the stories of these ponies always being here on Turtle Island. The more stories that were told to Rhonda, she felt the responsibility to archive the stories forever. Being a talented artist and crafts person, she began to document the stories with her paintings.
Rhonda struggled to raise money to feed the many hungry horses at the ranch and couldn’t afford canvas, so she painted on rabbit hides to preserve the stories. The more stories she hears the more she feels compelled to paint to keep the voices of the Elders forever.
Rhonda has been awarded by Rare breeds Canada "Rhonda Snow, Keeper of the Spirit Horses” and her determination and sacrifices to preserve these Rare and Endangered Little horses of the Big woods and their stories has given the ponies the hope and respect they deserve.