Apache Scout (fine art canvas) by Howard Terpning
It’s hard to understand, but in the late 1880s Apache scouts served with the U.S. Army to fight against Geronimo, and it was their efforts that contributed largely to the U.S. eventually winning the battle.
Why would the Indians do this? Blood feuds separating the different Apache groups were one factor, and regular pay was an incentive. But perhaps a greater incentive was the opportunity to be armed and doing a warrior’s work – tracking and fighting – as opposed to languishing on the reservation. In Apache Scout, Howard Terpning hides the viewer in a place where he cannot be seen, or heard, by the sharp eyes and ears of the warrior.
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