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While Charles Marion Russell’s best-known epithet is that of the Cowboy Painter, due not only to his most common choice of subject matter but also to how his life experiences informed his painting, the everyday routine of the cattle drivers from Montana was not the only subject matter that received extensive treatment. The life, appearance, and customs of the many Native American tribes that inhabited the area around Montana, where he lived himself throughout most of his adult life, were a rather frequent subject matter in his work. On that matter, there has been some discussion among art critics as to the character of Russell’s depiction of the Native American peoples.
On the one hand, Russell himself and many of his contemporaries saw his depictions of Native Americans as an attempt to lend support to a people besieged by genocide and hunger by showing the American city dwellers the wealth of beauty and grace contained in those who the government considered savages. On the other, modern critics tend to understand Russell’s work as a type of Orientalism with good intentions, meaning that even though his intentions might have been to lend those people support, the way in which he portrayed the Native men and women bears a distancing that precludes it from being a fair and apt depiction of their culture. Regardless, it was through Russell’s work that many people in the early 20th century would have their first contact with the Native American cultures, in such a way that marked depictions of those people for years to come.
In this 1906 watercolor, now part of a private collection, Russell depicted a warrior of the Mandan tribe, one of the three tribes that lived between the Heart and Knife rivers, tributaries of the Upper Missouri River in North and South Dakota, close to the border with Montana. By Russell’s time, the tribe had already been the victim of at least one smallpox epidemic, as well as constant raids from the Lakota tribes to the South, and had been led to join with two other settled agrarian tribes from that region, the Arikara and the Hidatsa. The warrior and his horse are portrayed in full war regalia, complete with plumes of many different birds, deerskin equipage and blue and red war paint.
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