White Man Fire Sticks (canvas) by Howard Terpning
To the Native American accustomed to the bow and arrow, the introduction of guns into warfare was profound. With an acumen and ability to adjust to changing circumstances, the Plains People quickly incorporated White Man Fire Sticks into their way of life, and they used this new technology upon both competing tribes and the encroaching menace of the white man.
“White Man Fire Sticks” was the last painting Howard completed before his phenomenally successful one-man retrospective “A Tribute to the Plains People.” It was an image never before seen by the public and it was one of the most popular at the show.
“The Native people were awestruck when they first saw firearms carried by the white man and how destructive they were,” Terpning says. “The early muskets were smooth bore flintlocks and, for their time, were very effective although such a weapon took time to re-load as opposed to the use of the bow and arrows.”
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