Plenty Coup by BarbBarcikKeith

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12×18 graphite. Edward S. Curtis photograph used as reference. Original available.

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Plenty Coups (otherwise known as Aleek-chea-ahoosh) (1848 – 1932) was a Crow chief and visionary leader. He allied Crow with the whites when the war for the West was being fought, because the Sioux and Cheyenne (who were opposing white settlement of the area) were the traditional enemies of the Crow. Plenty Coups had also had a vision when he was very young that non-Native people would ultimately take control of his homeland (Montana), so he always felt that cooperation would benefit his people much more than opposition.

One of his famous quotes is: “Education is your greatest weapon. With education you are the white man’s equal, without education you are his victim and so shall remain all of your lives. Study, learn, help one another always. Remember there is only poverty and misery in idleness and dreams – but in work there is self respect and independence.”

He very much wanted the Crow to continue as a people and their customs and spiritual beliefs to carry on. His efforts on their behalf ensured that this happened.

He was the principal chief of the Mountain Crows, or the Apsáalooke, of the Crow Nation (info from Wikipedia).

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Comments

  • SylviaHardy
    SylviaHardyabout 7 years ago

    A beautiful drawing and portrait!

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryabout 7 years ago

    Superb work. Your attention to detail is excellent.

  • Elisabete Nascimento
    Elisabete Nasc...about 7 years ago

    Great expression, this is an amazing piece!

  • Gisele Bedard
    Gisele Bedardabout 7 years ago

    I have native’s roots from Canada,this drawing is great.

  • debfuller
    debfullerabout 7 years ago

    Awesome drawing.

  • lacitrouille
    lacitrouillealmost 7 years ago

    Fantastic work.

  • Siamesecat
    Siamesecatalmost 7 years ago

    Waht a lovely portrait and may I say.. Handsome Man he is…

  • Kim Oliver
    Kim Oliveralmost 7 years ago

    i love the expression, the emotion of the moment really comes across.

  • spiffing
    spiffingalmost 7 years ago

    beautiful.

  • Charles Ezra Ferrell
    Charles Ezra F...over 6 years ago

    Epitome of artistic talent

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