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Often called the Cowboy Artist, Charles Marion Russell possessed quite an advantaged perspective of his subject matter due to not only having been himself a cowboy but also having lived in a Native American reservation for a period of his life. Russell left his family home in Missouri at the early age of 16 to become a cowboy in the Judith Basin, in Montana, and later spent two years living in a Native American reservation with the Blood tribe, an offshoot of the Blackfoot Nation. Those contrasting life experiences resulted in Russell developing an exciting variation of subject matter throughout his career, portraying both sides of a land struggle positively.
In this 1911 oil on canvas, now in possession of private collectors, Russell painted a rather typical, but no less vital, scene of the Native American way of life in the Southwestern United States. With the ever sinking Native control over the land, the loss of Native settlements to an ever-encroaching European presence in the area and the shrinking of the bison population due to predatory hunting, horses became of utmost importance for the survival of many tribes, the Navajo Nation included. Without the horses, the tribe would have trouble moving their camps, following the buffalo herds and even making war with their eventual enemies.
Since the Native American tribes were not usually included adequately in Western society, and even when they were their resources were few, capturing wild horses would’ve been the best option for the tribes to fulfill their necessities. Interestingly enough, those horses were not, so to speak, native to North America, but instead had been introduced by European settlers and, due to a variety of factors, ended up escaping and forming herds in the wild where, because of the lack of predators in numbers that would threaten the horse population, they reproduced and thrived. It is worth noting, then, that even though there were native horses in North America thousands of years ago, that species went extinct, these horses hunted by the Navajo were descendants of domesticated horses, making the painting’s title something of a misnomer.
Regardless, here Russell portrays not only a trivial practice but also a tribal technique and way of life, developed by necessity like so many others. It could even be said that situations like this blur the line between what was traditionally Native and what became traditional because of the arrival of Europeans.
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