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The importing of horses into North America created a revolution in the lifestyle of the native population. Not only did they greatly expand mobility and increase territorial incursions, they also became a source for wealth, both on their own account and as a tool for trading. Raiding parties that sought to steal horses from enemy tribes were soon a regular rite of passage for young warriors and a source of revenue for their elders. In Covering the Trail, following a successful raid, the thieves are driving the stolen horses up a stream, attempting to conceal their trail until they reach...
Among the Plains Indians, one method for a warrior to gain status outside of a full-scaled battle was to conduct a horse-stealing raid against the enemy. These forays also provided training and experience for younger warriors. While the braves wore mostly traditional attire, by the late 19th-century that included Hudsons Bay blanket coats for winter sorties like those worn by this raiding party. In addition to warmth, these also provided a sort of camouflage in patchy snow-covered terrain. This was one of Russells earliest oil paintings, as well as one of the first to be published abroad, featured as an...