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Noted for their bravery, the Plains Indians, especially the Sioux, highly valued their war bonnets which were symbols of their victories in battle. Each feather had a special meaning and represented a brave accomplishment. It was also prized for it's great medicinal or scared powers. The bravest warriors carrier only a carved lance or coup stick used to touch a living enemy in the course of battle. This was considered an even greater triumph than killing him because it required more courage and skill. For defense, many Indians carried small round shields made of cured buffalo skin which were hard enough to bend lance points or repel bullets. As skillful and brave as they were, the Indians were no match for the modern weaponry of the white man, and with the decimation of the buffalo, their source of food, clothing, and shelter, their fate as free people was doomed.
The artist, Mort Kunstler, is a noted historical artist whose paintings are in the realistic tradition.
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Pencil signed, limited edition (5000), matted and framed - 28"x32" overall dimensions.
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