Blackfeet Indian Writing Company

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The Blackfeet Indian Writing Company (or Blackfeet Writing Instruments) was a pen and pencil manufacturer on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana, USA[1] founded in 1972.[2][3] As part of a tribal owned economic initiative, the factory opened in 1972 but closed in the late 1990s[4] after the company was transferred to private hands in 1992.[3] The company made, among other products, the cedar wood "The Blackfeet Indian Pencil" in various hardnesses. The company also introduced the 'Earth Pencil', an eraserless pencil produced entirely from natural products, including soy ink for imprinting.[1]

Composer John Luther Adams uses Blackfeet Indian pencils when writing music. [5]


  1. ^ a b Blackfeet Indian Writing Co., Inc
  2. ^ The Blackfeet Indian Pencil revisited, Pencil Talk blog, 10 October 2007
  3. ^ a b Blackfeet pencil factory competes in volatile industry Archived April 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Ron Selden, Indian Country Today, 29 March 2000, retrieved 3 July 2010
  4. ^ Pencil Talk | Pencil reviews and discussion » Blackfeet Indian Pencils
  5. ^ John Luther Adams. (2018, January 12). I still use the rare Blackfeet Indian #2 — the best pencil ever made [Facebook update]. Retrieved from

External links[edit]

  • A Pencil to the Past (blog post about The Blackfeet Indian Pencil), Adirondack Base Camp, 18 March 2009, retrieved 3 July 2010