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Howard Terpning - DIGGING IN AT SAPPA CREEK -  MW PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Howard Terpning


Limited Edition of: 650
Image Size: 32"w x 26 5/8"h.
Published: November 1991

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Sappa Creek in northwestern Kansas is symbolic of all the desperate stands that took place between the Cheyenne people and the Cavalry during the Cheyenne's escape from Fort Reno, Indian territory in 1875. With the dust of the cavalry in the distance, the women joined the men in frantically digging rifle pits with belt axes, butcher knives and anything else they could find to scratch depressions in the soil.

They were attempting to reach their homeland in the Yellowstone country some 1500 miles away. Many had to travel on foot because they had so few horses. Yet in less than one month, they covered 600 miles while engaging in countless battles with the Army. Many of them cut their hair short in mourning for the loved ones that they lost along the way. Out of the original 300 Indians who started from Oklahoma, only a few reached their final destination.

This painting is dedicated to the Cheyenne people for their courage and strength and their beief that they had the right to live in the country where their ancestors were buried.

Howard Terpning
Quite simply, Howard Terpning is one of the most lauded painters of Western art. His awards are so numerous and he is honored with them so often, that to list them would require changing the count every few months. To name three would be to cite the highest prizes awarded to Western art: countless awards from the Cowboy Artists of America, the Hubbard Art Award for Excellence, the National Academy of Western Artís Prix de West and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Autry National Center. Why such praise? Passion, compassion, devotion and respect for his subject matter, extraordinary talent in palette and brushstroke, an exceptional ability to evoke emotion both in his paintings and from those viewing them ó all this and more has made Terpning the "Storyteller of the Native American." Born in Illinois and educated at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the American Academy of Art, he first gained attention with his captivating advertising and story illustrations. Film fans praised his movie posters for such classics as The Sound of Music, Dr. Zhivago and the re-issue of Gone with the Wind. But his love of the West and Native American traditions saw his transition to fine art. Terpning is an Emeritus member of the Cowboy Artists of America, active for 22 years, during which time he was presented with a total of 41 awards. His book, The Art of Howard Terpning won the Wrangler "Outstanding Art Book" award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Terpning was recently honored with a one-man show at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana featuring 30 of the artistís most distinguished works where he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This career milestone was further celebrated with the publication of Spirit of the Plains People (2001, Greenwich Workshop Press). Terpning is the recipient of the Autry National Center, 2005 Masters of the American West Thomas Moran Memorial Award, given in recognition of exceptional artistic merit for painting.


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