Native American Indian Studies (set of 4) Grey Eagle (Sioux), Little Hawk (Lakota), Fool Bull (Lakota), Red Cloud (Lakota)

93| Tyler Robertson (American, b. 1981)

Native American Indian Studies (set of 4) Grey Eagle (Sioux), Little Hawk (Lakota), Fool Bull (Lakota), Red Cloud (Lakota)

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Oil on canvas, 20" x 16" 20" x 16" (each)

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Fool Bull
Fool Bull was Brule Lakota Sioux of the Chokatowela band born in 1844. Like his father, Fool Bull was a great medicine man and belonged to the Kit Fox Society. He was present and fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, otherwise known as Custer’s Last Stand, in 1876. His account of the battle reads, “We rode into battle with War Chief Buffalo Horse with Hollow Horn Bear in the lead. We started toward the fighting, but Hollow Horn Bear saw soldiers riding down from the Northeast ridge, so we turned and rode into a group of soldiers. We had the Cheyenne to our left and Crazy Horse’s Oglala to our right. No one shot; it was quiet. Then the Cheyenne charged. I watched as a man, still on his horse blew his horn many times. Most of the horse soldiers on the ground were dead. I wanted the horn, so I rode straight for him. The man with the horn was stilling blowing it when I killed him with my stone war club. I took the horn and his revolver; Chief Buffalo Horse took the soldier’s horse that still had his carbine on it.”

Little Hawk
Little Hawk, born in 1836, was an Oglala Lakota war chief and a half brother of Worm, Crazy Horse’s father. Through the 1860s and 1870s, Little Hawk participated in the fights alongside his famous nephew Crazy Horse and was one of the participants in the Battle of the Little Bighorn. He was committed by political and personal imperatives to preserve his people's hunting grounds and was reluctant to follow Sitting Bull into Canadian exile. Little Hawk chose to fight alongside his nephew against the U.S. troops. According to General George Crook, “Little Hawk appeared to rank next to Crazy Horse in importance, was much like his superior in size and build, but his face was more kindly in expression and he was more fluent in speech." After years of fighting, Little Hawk participated in the Lakota Delegation to Washington on 1888 and on January 6, 1891, after the Wounded Knee Massacre, Little Hawk and others negotiated their terms of surrender.

Gray Eagle
Gray Eagle was a Hunkpapa of the Wakan band and was later known as Gabriel Gray Eagle.
Gray Eagle was among the northern or “non treaty” bands living away from the agencies. In the spring of 1872, Sitting Bull married Gray Eagle’s sister, Four Robes. As a brother-in-law of Sitting Bull, Gray Eagle became closely aligned with the noted Hunkpapa headman. In 1876 Gray Eagle fought against the army at the Battles of the Rosebud and the Little Bighorn. Agent James McLaughlin described Gray Eagle as “a man of determination and strong will power... an influential leader of his people.” Gray Eagle later served as a tribal judge and went to Washington, D.C., as a delegate from Standing Rock in 1888.

Red Cloud
Red Cloud was a respected Sioux Indian chief and the only chief who won a war with the United States of America, the so-called “Red Cloud’s War.” The Sioux, along with the Cheyenne, defeated the North American Army, and the government was obligated to sign the Treaty of Fort Laramie, in which it gave up forts that it had built on the Bozeman Trail, which was on Lakota land. In turn, it granted them their own autonomous lands. Although the U.S. did not keep its word, Red Cloud did not participate in the later Great Sioux War, led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. Despite the famous Battle of the Little Bighorn, since then the Native Americans lost what little they had, and hunger made the tribes give up little by little and move to the reservation.


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