TRAIL OF UNSHOD PONIES
24" x 48" oil on canvas
During the height of the Great Sioux War (1864-1877) the U.S. Army relentlessly pursued the hostile Lakota & Cheyenne. Besides employing the help of frontiersmen such as Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickock, California Joe, Jim Bridger and William Comstock, the Army also used the assistance of the Crow and Pawnee to track the Indians. The Crow and Pawnee were mortal enemies of the larger tribes of hostile Lakota and Cheyenne so they sided with the whites to defeat their common foes.
Here, Crow scouts have located a fresh trail of unshod ponies and are conferring with the Chief of Scouts as to their course of action. © Steven Lang OPAM