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Ink Wash on muslin - Original Size: 17” x 23” - 1978-Personal Collection.
Using a wash technique on muslin offered a challenge in creating this illustration. I wanted to see if I could illustrate on a surface that was very porous and found out that art board was a better surface. The facial character of Chief Joseph is why I decided to create this piece.
“Chief Joseph, Chief of the Nez Percé, lead his people who were forced to leave the Oregon Territory. While preparing for removal to a reservation, he learned of a trio of young men massacred a band of white settlers and feared retaliation by the US Army. He decided to lead his followers to Canada. During the long retreat, he won the admiration of many whites (he was educated in a mission school) by his humane treatment of prisoners, his concern for women, children, and the aged. He also purchased supplies from ranchers and storekeepers rather than stealing them.”
“The Army finally caught up with his people and Chief Joseph surrendered within 40 miles of Canada. In his surrender speech, he stated “Hear me, my chiefs; my heart is sick and sad. From where the Sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”
“Chief Joseph and his band were sent to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) where many died. Later, a small delegation of his tribe where allowed to go to a reservation in Washington state.”
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