Detail View: The AMICA Library: Winter Horse Raiding Episode

AMICA ID: 
MIA_.94.47.2
AMICA Library Year: 
1999
Object Type: 
Paintings
Creator Name: 
Old Bull
Creator Nationality: 
North American; Native American; Sioux; Lakota
Creator Role: 
painter
Creator Dates/Places: 
b. 1845
Gender: 
M
Creator Name-CRT: 
Old Bull
Creator Nationality: 
North American; Native American; Sioux; Lakota
Creator Name-CRT: 
Teton Lakota
Title: 
Winter Horse Raiding Episode
View: 
Front
Creation Date: 
about 1910
Creation Start Date: 
1908
Creation End Date: 
1912
Materials and Techniques: 
pigments on canvas
Dimensions: 
H.35 x W.29 in.
Component Measured: 
overall
Measurement Unit: 
in
AMICA Contributor: 
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: 
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 
94.47.2
Credit Line: 
The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fund
Rights: 
Context: 

Plains artists used a variety of methods to record their activities. An artist could draw or paint a scene, and use it as a visual tool to tell his story.

In this drawing Old Bull depicts three scenes of a horse raiding expedition against the Apsaalookas (Crows). All of the men are wearing wool leggings and hooded capotes, clothing worn when it was cold. The story begins in the lower right corner, showing the artist and his comrades leading a group of horses away from an Apsaalooka village. A battle ensues forcing Old Bull and his men to take defense behind a group of large boulders, shown in the middle of the drawing. The final scene was drawn in the upper right corner where Old Bull has loaded a wounded young man on a travois.

The labeling and lines that separate the different scenes were probably added by a collector in an attempt to make the story easier to understand.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
MIA_.8417c.tif