Images of the Icon

Big Medicine

Monte Dolack

Big Medicine

©1997. Reproduced by permission of the artist.

Fourth Annual Great Easter Buffalo Kite Festival

Walter Hook

Fourth Annual Great Easter Buffalo Kite Festival

Watercolor, © 1979.
Reproduced by permission of the artist's family.

Artist Walter Hook was famous for his humorous juxtapositions. "Buffalo kite" is another name for a box kite. The kites above these buffalo are not box kites, of course, but ordinary diamond kites.

Independence Day on the Reservation

Dana Boussard

Independence Day on the Reservation

Printed fiber construction, © 1986.
Reproduced by permission of the artist.

Two Buffalo Bulls Fighting

Harley Hettick

Two Buffalo Bulls Fighting

© 1972. Reproduced by permission.

Herd of Bison Near Lake Jesse
(in east-central North Dakota)

John Mix Stanley

Herd of Bison Near Lake Jesse

Chromolithograph, 1853-55.
Courtesy State Historical Society of North Dakota.

From 1853 to 1855 John Mix Stanley, along with a young German artist, Gustavus Sohon, accompanied one of the six federal "Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean." The expeditions were made under the direction of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis during the administrations of Presidents Millard Fillmore (1850-53) and Franklin Pierce (1854-57). The expedition that Stanley and Sohon accompanied, which was led by Isaac Stevens, compared the possibility and practicality of routes in the vicinity of the 48th parallel.

Death Battle of Buffalo and Grizzly Bear

Charles M. Russell

Death Battle of Buffalo and Grizzly Bear

Ink wash, gouache and graphite on paper, 1902.
Amon Carter Museum, Forth Worth, Texas, 1961.199.

The Bluffers

Charles M. Russell

Buffalo Hunt No. 26

Oil on canvas, 1899.
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, 1961.206.