Daniel Long Soldier - Legend of Crow Butte, The

The Legend of Crow Butte is a retelling of a Crow and Sioux story known as The Legend of Crow Butte. It’s more “story” than “history” as there are several versions, from both the Native and whites (including one version from Nebraska pioneer memoirs and another account in The New York Times from May 11, 1890 that purports to be the true story as told by surviving Natives to one Judge E.S. Nesbitt). Most versions appear in agreement that there was a band of Crow warriors from reservations in Montana and Northern Wyoming that invaded the Sioux Reservation land, generally wrecked havoc. In artist Long Soldier’s telling, in October of 1849, James Bordeaux, of Bordeaux Trading Post, hired Sioux warriors to recover 47 horses and 35 mules recently stolen by the marauding Crow. The Sioux chased the Crow back toward the Pine Ridge area where the Crow split into several groups. Most disappeared but one Crow group ran up a butte, blocking the trail behind them but discovered too late that they were trapped at the top with a sheer cliff straight down. After three days the Crow band made ropes from their blankets and let themselves down the side of the butte, stole the Sioux horses and escaped.

Painted on ledger paper from the 19th century, artist Long Soldier’s series both heralds back to 19th century Native American “ledger art” (paintings on sheets from traders ledger books) and also presents as a kind of 21st century Native graphic novel as the story is told with pictures and brief captions.

Framed in a series this Fine Art Print set will create a unique, affordable, historic and decorative statement.

Top left:
I. The Legend of Crowr Butte began at daybreak on October 15, 1849 when Crow warriors stole 47 horses and 35 mules from James Bordeaux, owner of "Bordeaux Trading Post" near Chadron, Nebraska.

Top right:
II. James Bordeaux asked the Sioux Indians camped nearby at Beaver Creek for help. Famous warriors such as Cloud Man, Red Leaf, Two Strikes, Stranger Horse and Big Turkey were happy to help Bordeaux and bring back his stolen horses and mules.

Bottom Left:
III. The Sioux chased the Crows. The Crow put up a good fight, wounding several Sioux. Teh Sioux forgot about getting the herd of horses and mules back and just wanted revenge! The Crow divided into two groups. One headed toward Montana and the other toward south. Left their mounts and climbed a butte.

Bottom Right:
IV. For three days the Crow taunted the Sioux. Mourning Sioux were surprised to find Crows had escaped. They found one dead Crow on the top of the butte... now known as "Crow Butte." The Sioux warriors returned to their camp feeling embarrassed and humiliated, because they had nothing to show for their valor!


Daniel Long Soldier - Legend of Crow Butte, The

Release Year: 2012
Size: 7.5 x 12
Form: limited edition giclée on paper
Edition Size: 50 numbered and hand signed by the artist
Artist Proofs: call or email to check on availability
Custom Framing: available upon request

Product Code: LONLE1
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  • $225.00

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