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cheyenne headmen

planning council

2011, oil, 44"h x 64"w

42. Cheyenne Headmen Planning Council 40

In the 1860’s, several military forts were built along the Bozeman Trail in Wyoming to protect travelers as they were making their way west. The forts were needed because of the increasing conflicts between the settlers and the Lakota / Cheyenne people who feared that their way of life would be forever changed by the influx of the white man.

In this scene, a council of Cheyenne headmen is meeting, in front of a sacred rock, to make plans for protecting their people’s way of life. 

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