Red Cloud
John Kostura

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This is an interpretation of a famous photograph by Edward S. Curtis entitled "Red Cloud - Ogalala".

Curtis wrote "Well-known chief and celebrated warrior. Born 1822. At the age of fifteen he accompanied a war-party which killed eighty Pawnee. He took two scalps and shot one man. At seventeen he led a party that killed eight of the same tribe. During his career he killed two Shoshoni and ten Apsaroke. Once going against the Apsaroke, he led the party and approached the camp on foot. About daylight a man came driving his herd to the range. Red Cloud charged him, killed him with arrows stabbed him with the Apsaroke's own knife, and scalped him; he then took his clothes and started back, driving the horses. Men from the camp pursued, and a severe fight followed between the two parties . . . Red Cloud received his name in recognition of his bravery , from his father after the latter's death. Before that his name had been Two Arrows, Wa-no pa. His brother-in law, Nachili, gave him medicine tied up in a little deerskin bag. Always before going to war Red Cloud rubbed this over his body. All the tribe regarded his medicine as very potent. He first gained notice as a leader by his success at Fort Phil. Kearny in 1866 when he killed Captain Fetterman and eighty soldiers. In the following year he led a large party, two or three thousand, it is said, in an attack on a wood-train at the same post, but was repulsed with great loss. Previously only chief of the Bad Face band of Ogalala, he became head-chief of the tribe after the abandonment of Fort Phil. Kearny. Red Cloud was prevented from joining in the Custer fight by the action of General Mackenzie in disarming him and his camp."

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   Title: Red Cloud
Medium: Pencil
Order No.: SK01-02
Edition: Unlimited

Copy rendered on parchment (tan) paper

Size: 8 1/2 Inches x 11 Inches
Image Size: 8 1/2 Inches x 11 Inches
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