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Museum: Closed
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Early Montana, Indians Running off Horses
Early Montana...
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 illustration in the February 1900 issue of the London magazine The Artist, 13 years after it was painted.

Also known as RETURN OF THE HORSE THIEVES and INDIANS ON THE PLAINS.