CHASED BY THUNDER

CHASED BY THUNDER

14" x 31" oil on canvas

Many Indian tribes counted an individuals wealth by how many horses he or she owned. Because of this, quite a bit of time was spent on how to steal hoofed property from other tribes and the white man. These horse-stealing raids would be done on a large scale with many men taking part or they would be undertaken by just one or two warriors. Usually, a single warrior was out to steal a particular horse, such as a buffalo runner or a noted war horse. Stealing a prized horse was sure to cause it's owner to mount a war party to pursue the thief. Putting as much distance between himself and the expected pursuit was a primary tactic for the horse thief. With grit and determination, the warrior in this painting, races towards safety as a fierce thunder storm breaks across the landscape. © Steven Lang OPAM