Wassenberg Art Center

Black Wolf

Black Wolf, a mature warrior in 1876, was a Northern Cheyenne who fought at the Battle of Little Big Horn under Chief Lame White Man. Son of a Cheyenne sub-chief, Black Wolf became a noted medicine-man in later years. He was 89 when Miller painted this portrait in 1941. 

"In mourning for our dead lost in the battle (11 by most Cheyenne accounts), we held no scalp dance that night. We waited until the next night when we moved camp to Lodge Grass Creek to the south before we celebrated our victory. For most of us our fighting days were over."
Lame Deer, MT 1941

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