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Day of Yellow Hair
by Daniel Long Soldier
 

The Lakota Wicitowa (Lakota Paintings) of Daniel Long Soldier are one of the purest expressions of American art we’ve ever presented collectors. They are authentic, uniquely Native American and riveting; Sioux warriors count coup on Custer, Crazy Horse pursues Custer’s scouts and Crow Dog’s wife rescues a fellow Lakota.

Daniel is an Oglala Lakota Sioux that Tom Gilleon corresponded with regarding his project Soldiers Falling into Camp. Long Soldier offered to help Tom with some ideas for the pictographs Gilleon wanted to place on the tepees.

These “ideas” arrived in the form of 10 paintings Long Soldier had created on antique ledger paper. The drawing style and the pages from the 1800s immediately raise the question of whether we were looking at something created 140 years ago or today. Six have been combined into Day of Yellow Hair a diptych that can be purchased on its own or as part of a matching numbered set with R. Tom Gilleon’s Soldiers Falling into Camp. The four additional Lakota Wicitowa may be purchased individually.

Left Panel:
One Who Walks with Star (Oglala Sioux) wife of Crow Dog rescues a warrior. Kills two soldiers by river.
Emphasizing the deep personal nature of these paintings, this is a story that Long Soldier grew up with in his own home. Crow Dog was Daniel’s great-grandfather.
Strong Heart Society Warrior Counting Coup, 1876
The Strong Heart Society was a Sioux warrior organization like the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. They wore  war bonnets with split horns and the distinctive red sash. If cornered in battle, a Strong Heart would plant his sash in the ground and fight to his death in that spot. Only a relative could save a Strong Heart committed to fight to the death
Crazy Horse in pursuit of two Crow warriors!
Scouts for Custer

Crazy Horse held a special disdain for the Crow or any other Indian that worked with the Cavalry. He believed that if you were Indian you should be helping Indians.
Right Panel:

Strong Heart Warrior with two captured horses, 1876
A Strong Heart warrior who’s bonnet featured red feathers indicated that he had been wounded in battle. It was the Native American version of our military’s Purple Heart.
Yellow Nose Counting Coup on Custer
Long Soldier states Custer was admired for his valor and courage in this fight.  After his death, his body wasn’t mutilated as many others were. Holes were poked in his ears, however, because his poor battle tactics indicated that he probably wasn’t listening to the advice of others.
Strong Heart at Little Big Horn, Rain in Face
Most warriors would not brag of their own feats in battle but rather would leave the telling of these accomplishments to others. From the stories a young Daniel Long Soldier heard growing up, Rain in Face was a warrior and a half, a true born warrior, but a man who’s exploits remain unknown to the world at large.  
Sizing & Pricing: Day of Yellow Hair
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Diptych Print:
limited to 50 s/n.
15"w x 29"h each.
$250 (framing and matting not included).

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Also by Daniel Long Soldier...
Moving Robe Woman
Fine Art Giclée Print
Crazy Horse
with Hail Markings

Fine Art Giclée Print
The Taunt
Fine Art Giclée Print
Last Arrow
Fine Art Giclée Print

 




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About Daniel Long Soldier

“There are a lot of people,” begins Daniel Long Soldier, “who don’t know the history of our people as we know it. They have only heard one side of a story or what they have seen in Hollywood movies. The stories I’m telling I’ve heard from people who are 80 or 90 years old and heard these stories from their parents. These are the stories my grandpa, my uncles and my dad told me.”

Daniel is an Oglala Lakota Sioux born on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He first began drawing with sticks on the sandbanks of a local creek. Recently he found that the drawings he made on the walls of the house he grew up in as a child are still there. This self-taught artist worked as an illustrator during the 1960s for the Dayton Journal News, but returned to Pine Ridge during the turbulent 1970s.

Long Soldier started painting what he calls Lakota Wicitowa (Lakota Paintings) in the mid-80s because he liked the authenticity and simplicity they lent to the story they told. Even then he would only paint them for special occasions such as buffalo robes he created for the Omaha in Macy NE and the Santee Sioux.







 

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