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When Blackfeet and Sioux Meet. The painting by Charles Marion Russell
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When Blackfeet and Sioux Meet

In a paradox that has often been pointed out, Charles Marion Russell, the Cowboy Painter, often showed vast knowledge and respect when depicting Native Americans, a group that was usually seen to be at odds with those who would tame the Wild West of North America. That intimacy and domain of the subject matter most likely come from the years spent by Russell living inside a reservation among the Native Americans of the Great Plains in Alberta, Canada, which awakened in Russell great admiration and respect for those people. That way, even though Russell was himself a cowboy, he was also a staunch supporter of the Native American cause, even if what counted for support at the end of the 19th century would seem too little for today’s standards.

In this oil on canvas from 1908, currently in possession of the Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art in Fort Worth, Texas, Russell gave life not only to that admiration for Native American pride but also to his talent for storytelling. In it, the cowboy artist depicted an incredibly dynamic scene of an encounter between members of two warring tribes, the Blackfoot Nation and the Sioux Nation. The three warriors on the foreground are engaged in close quarters combat, while another pair in the back exchange gunfire.

In the center of the action is the Blackfoot warrior, attacking with his spear the unhorsed Sioux warrior, who wields a rifle in one hand and a leather shield in the other, while also defending himself from another mounted Sioux warrior intervening for his dismounted brethren by attacking the aggressor with a tomahawk, which he swings high above his head for a downward blow. It is an incredibly dynamic scene, with bodies twisted in movement and reaction, fighting for their lives and honor.

The painting illustrates an essential concept in Great Plains tribal warfare, that is the counting of coups. While the Blackfoot warrior’s attitude might seem strange or foolhardy as charging two enemies hardly seems like a sound military tactic, his objective in this action is to count a coup, which is to say that he aims to simply touch his enemy. That action in itself counted as a source of great glory for the Great Plains warriors and will give him the right of adding an eagle feather to his hair or another notch to his coup stick.

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When Blackfeet and Sioux Meet Charles Marion Russell

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