White Swan's combat record as a Crow warrior happened between 1870, his first, and 1880, his last. His service as an Army scout was, off and on, from 1876 until his final mustering out in 1881. He felt his coups earned on June 25, 1876 were his greatest although some Crow narratives thought earlier actions were more noteworthy. He depicted all of them in traditional Plains warrior biographic style. I've been able to personally see half his works and the power of his deeds lives on in them all. His artistic "career" spanned 1876 to 1903 or 1904.
"White Swan was in the valley standing beside his horse and firing at the Sioux. He would not mount up to try to get away, but stood and fought." Private August Seifert, Company K, Seventh U.S. Cavalry Regiment, regarding the battle of the Little Big Horn River in June 1876.
I'll cross-post to the Crow boards once I figure out how to do that...
Post by Mavis Whitebird - Kingbird on Dec 12, 2018 10:40:01 GMT -5
Whitebird artwork? My grandfather was a reknown self-taught artist from the Bad River Indian Reservation. He was the son a prominent Hereditary Cheiftainship (full-blooded Ojibwe). I can go back a few generations...Grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather, great great great grandfather (Chief Whitebird) One of the Chieftains had 3 sons. One of them left the reserve and never returned..He mostly likely headed westward. I am wondering if there is any connection to Chief Whitebird. I know we have Whitebird lineal descendants in Fond du lac, Leech Lake, Red Lake, etc..
There's been some lively debate on the LBH board about the 4 Standing Bear depictions of the battle of the Little Big Horn ~ debate which have driven me to take a fresh look at them, included those you published in your book.
It's always nice to revisit items which are as interesting as these, but given the small size of the reproductions, and the fact that my eyes are not what they were, I asked a question on that board, which I'll ask again here, which is, does anyone know where one can find larger images of these paintings, and more particularly, given the sheer size of them, images of certain sections of the work.
Shan, thanks and have no idea of the "LBH board." Would you please send me a link to that discussion? Thanks. Larger images of any of the images in my book are available from the holders of the artwork cited in the captions and bibliography. Thanks!