This particular bronze is a variant on Remington's original model of The Cheyenne produced in 1901. Remington set out to create an accurate portrait of a Cheyenne warrior, and created an incredible feat of sculptural engineering; the running horse has all four feet off the ground and is supported only by a trailing buffalo robe and clump of grass. Nevertheless, after the first castings of the piece, he felt the shield was awkwardly high and lowered it to the riders waist. He made other minor changes, including the position of the breechcloth over the flanks of the horse and changing...
Created by: Remington, Frederic
Though unsigned and undated, this is said by some experts to be Russell's first Indian portrait. Crowfoot, while born a Blood Indian, had been adopted into the Blackfoot tribe and eventually became its chief at the age of 35. Under his leadership, the Blackfoot avoided conflict with white settlers and troops, refusing to join forces with the Sioux after the Battle of Little Big Horn. In 1880-81, the tribe wintered in the Judith Basin and on the Musselshelf River in Montana where there were still buffalo to hunt. The young Kid Russell was in the same area at the time...
Chief Joseph is one of the comparatively few Native American leaders whose name is known to the majority of Americans. As one historian tersely noted of his role in the Nez Perce War of 1877: "In 11 weeks he moved his tribe 11,000 miles, engaged 10 separate U.S. commands in 13 battles and skirmishes, and in nearly every instance had either defeated them or fought them to a standstill." Yet he probably remains best-known for his eloquence in defeat, via the famous speech in which he vowed, "I will fight no more forever". Nonetheless, he continued to devote the remainder...