ON THE TONGUE RIVER

ON THE TONGUE RIVER

18" x 29" oil on canvas

The Tongue River in Wyoming was the home territory of the Northern Cheyenne and Lakota Indians during the later part of the 1800's. Defended against White encroachment to the end, the land was ceded to the inevitable march of manifest destiny. Here a Lakota warrior and his pony are taking a drink of water while watching and listening for any sign of something amiss. The land was formerly the possession of the Apsalooka "Crow" Indians who occasionally led war forays into their previously held territory. © Steven Lang OPAM