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2011 Mixed Media acrylic, jesso, medium gel on canvas
I built this frame 42×42″×2″ with (4) 20×20″ canvas panels with clear plexiglass in the middle… for this photograph, I cropped the outside frame to better view the work

Featured in Ethnic Art Group 29 Oct 2011

Featured in Breaking the Boundries Group 23 Oct 2011

Featured in Abstract Art Group 12 Oct 2011

From New Native American Series “Beyond Dreams”
8th painting in this series

Not long after Custer fell at the Little Big Horn,, Chief Red Cloud and his band of warriors were disarmed at their camp by the US Army,,,(We have to remember the US army had field artillery)… Still on the loose in last winter of 1876 was Crazy Horse, one of the greatest warriors that ever lived.
In early winter of 1877 with about 500 Cheyenne and Sioux warriors, women and children… while they were camped at Wolf Mountain in Montana… they were attacked with field artillery (by Colonel Miles, with over 300 calvary men
Looking to get even for the fall of Custer ) Crazy Horse and his band manage to escape in a blinding blizzard… this engagement was considered a victory for the US army… Through the harsh winter, the once proud warriors, now on the run… knowing that their best years were now behind them, and starving … they started to kill their horses to survive, until the spring of 1877… when what was left of his band of warriors, old men women and children walked into the Red Cloud agency and surrendered… (the Indian reservations) were them called agencies where Indian agents some of them honest and truly cared for the plight of the Native Americans… but too many were greedy foreigners who cheated the Native Americans of their government allotments of beef and blankets. All weapons and horses were confiscated and sold and the money was used to buy beef again short changing the Natives… The warriors were allowed to keep their hunting knives, and hunting rifles were checked out to them with limited cartridges only when they were allowed to go hunting… less then 4 months later Crazy Horse was arrested and ordered to surrender… his hunting knives, he refused… in the scuffle with agency police and US calvary men he was killed..bayonetted
In the back he died almost instantly… Thus two of the greatest warriors of the 19th century were no more a threat… one no longer free and the other one murdered… Bringing this saga to an end… The End of the Horse Culture in the northern territories

Reynaldo

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native american, cheyenne, sioux, agents, montana, media, acrylic, series, frame, crazy, horse, red, cloud

As a self-taught working artist, I have always believed that we are all blessed with gifts. It’s up to us to recognize and develop them; to what extent we will use those gifts to benefit others that cross our path.

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  • LESLEY B
    LESLEY Balmost 3 years ago

    Love this piece, fantastic write describing this dream like state of ART … xox Lesley xox …

  • Leasley thank you dear for the visit to my gallery and for comment I appreciate you stopping by

    – Reynaldo

  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkeralmost 3 years ago

    fantastic work, and enlightened short history of these two historical figures

  • Solomon my friend thank you sir

    – Reynaldo

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaalmost 3 years ago

    Everything about that time was awful…so many sad stories to cause one’s heart to bleed. It’s awful in every way. This is a beautiful piece of art to commemorate a beautiful people!

  • My dear Tahnja thank you much for comment, compliment muchas gracias amiga

    – Reynaldo

  • banrai
    banraialmost 3 years ago

    revealing history Rey, truly great warriors, ignorance plus severe prejudice killed this fine race…
    not much has really changed… as always superb paint!

  • thank you for the comment, visit my friend

    – Reynaldo

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful vibrant tribute to a culture that we destroyed and took their land.

  • dear Renate thank you very much for fav and compliment

    – Reynaldo

  • mhkantor thank you much for fav much appreicate you time

    – Reynaldo

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 3 years ago

    Oh my Rey this painting is absolutely brilliant and incredibly beautiful. I am mesmerised and deeply moved by the emotion and power you have expressed in your work. You are honestly the most gifted and outstanding artist and your work expresses your heart, your passion, your wisdom and your amazing imagination. I love your composition, your colours, how your paint has been applied the faces, figures, stories that emerge. Wow it is exquisite work Rey. Your story is so sad so sad and beautifully written. It is terrible what happened to these amazing people. Thank you so much for sharing this story that compliments this truly magnificent painting dear Rey. xxx

  • thank you my dear Anthea for your kind and always delightful compliment I so appreciate your time dear very much xxx

    – Reynaldo

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 3 years ago

    Magnificent work, Rey – the frame looks like cross hairs on a gun – which is very apt for the title as it was guns that killed them

  • you figured it out dear thank you for comment

    – Reynaldo

  • DLKeur
    DLKeuralmost 3 years ago

  • thank you12 Oct 2011 dear for the honour very much thank you

    – Reynaldo

  • Karen Gingell
    Karen Gingellalmost 3 years ago

    such movement and really packs a punch – beautiful work and thank you for the history

  • Karen thank you dear fopr the comment

    – Reynaldo

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    History is written by the conqueror. It was an amazing story and time in history. It’s a pity no one was honest enough to tell the true story. Gorgeous work and I’m glad you brought this story into the light for others to see.

  • Bunny thank you dear

    – Reynaldo

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