Many Stars, Charging the Line
16" x 6.5 ", Colored Pencil on Antique ledger paper, Billings MT, 1928 cir.
Composed on a ledger paper cir. 1928 this antique paper is associated with Red Lodge, Montana. The Red Lodge area was known to be inhabited by the Absarokee or Crow nation in the early 1800's. Originally the Crow tribe were semi-nomadic and relocated from the east, crossing the Central Plains in search of the sacred tobacco plant, which they found along the Bighorn Mountains in South-Central Montana. The Crow encountered both friendly and hostile tribes like the Sioux and Blackfeet during their relocation as well as an increase of uncertainty with the growing number of non-native recipients of the Homestead act of 1868 and Western Expansion.
This piece demonstrates a warriors bravery in the eyes of his peers and his enemy by attacking a heavily armed line of opposition. This form of bravery is called “Charging the Line” and is performed by the bravest of warriors. It is displayed to instill fear in their enemy and inspire the hearts of other warriors to follow. Dressed in full regalia, War bonnet and lance with painted shield on top of a bobtailed war pony, Many Stars rides into heavy gun fire to demonstrate honor and bravery to all that witness this great feat on this day. "Today is a good day to die".