American Indian Women Warriors
Many American Indian women went into battle with the men. I did these portraits to commemorate these brave women. Their stories are legion. These women played instrumental roles in key battles, and are justly remembered in these portraits.
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American Indian Women Warriors - Lozen - Medium graphite. Archival quality giclee print. Chinenne Chiricuahua warrior and visionary seer. Rode with Cochise and Geronimo. This is her prayer to Ussen, the Apache diety: "Upon this earth, On which we live, Ussen has Power, This power is mine, For locating the enemy. I search for that enemy, which only Ussen the Great can show me".
American Indian Women Warriors - Minnie Hollow Wood - Medium graphite. Archival quality giclee print. Minnie Hollow Wood was a member of the Lakhota tribe. She fought at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Because of her bravery in battle, she was the only woman in her tribe to be allowed to wear the eagle feather headdress.
American Indian Women Warriors - Buffalo Calf Road Woman - Medium watercolor and pastel. Archival quality giclee print. Buffalo Road Calf Woman rescued her wounded brother at the Battle of the Rosebud, and fought side by side with her husband at the Battle of Little Big Horn. She is credited with striking the blow that knocked George Armstrong Custer off of his horse shortly before he died.
American Indian Women Warriors - Moving Robe - Medium watercolor and pastel. Archival quality giclee print. Moving Robe was a member of the Hunkpapa Sioux. She fought against Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn, where her brother One Hawk had been killed.
She said "My heart was bad. Revenge! Revenge! For my brother's death. I thought of the death of my young brother, One Hawk. I ran to a nearby thicket and got my black horse. I painted my face with crimson and braided my black hair.
I was mourning. I was a woman, but I was not afraid". (From an interview with Moving Robe from Richard G. Hardoff's book, Lakota Recollections of the Custer Fight, New Sources of Indian-Military History.
American Indian Women Warriors - Osh-Tish -Medium gouache and watercolor. Archival quality giclee print. Osh-Tish was a member of the Crow tribe. She was considered a "twin spirit", or Bate, born a biological male but fufilling the traditional roles of a woman. Osh-Tish fought with great valor at the Battle of the Rosebud.
American Indian Women Warriors She Who Walks With The Stars. Medium watercolor. Archival quality giclee print. She Who Walks With The Stars was a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. She fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Among her battle accomplishmets, she clubbed two soldiers to death with a piece of driftwood as they were trying to escape up a creek bank.
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