BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

20" x 30" oil on canvas

Throughout the settling of the western frontier, many a white man would take as a wife an Indian woman. A large number of these marriages were simply a matter of necessity. For some white men it meant having someone to help with chores and a wife who could endure the hardships required to exist under such primitive conditions. For others, having a blood affiliation with the tribe allowed them to hunt and settle within that tribes' territory. For example, the founder of the huge Grant-Kohrs Cattle Ranch in Montana had himself a half dozen Indian wives from various local tribes, so that he could establish and carry on his business with "relative" safety. For the Indian wife, many of these marriages were forced upon them by tribal authority, thereby showing goodwill and friendship towards the white man, hopefully resulting in favored status to receive new trade goods. But I believe that quite a few of these marriages had to be purely out of love for one another and the desire for warm companionship. This painting depicts such a couple. In truth, a union of such different cultures was sure to have its trials and tribulations, but a strong love would overcome the distance between two worlds. © Steven Lang OPAM