Shot in the Eye

Shot in the Eye
by Ken West

Shot in the Eye is really one of my favorites. The pose is so classic and you can see the tremendous character in his face. The name illustrates how the Indians developed their names. Shot in the Eye was probably wounded in battle rather than by accident as the use of the word "shot". He is Oglala Sioux although not much more is known about him.

The early historical beginnings of the Sioux can be traced to the Great Lakes. There they built wigwams, harvested wild rice, planted maize, made maple sugar and hunted wild game. They were pushed westward by the French fur traders and became skilled horsemen, bison hunters and extraordinary warriors.

When the white American began to move west, the Sioux barred the way. The Sioux were eventually forced from their lands and moved to the Great Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. In 1876, Sioux war parties under Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Spotted Tail, Red Cloud, He Dog and others destroyed the Seventh Cavalry led by Colonel Custer. But their real struggle had only begun. In 1889 the Great Sioux Reservation was cut into smaller parts - The Pine Ridge, Rosebud and Standing Rock. At Wounded Knee in 1890, as the Sioux danced the Ghost Dance, jittery soldiers fired at and killed 200 men, women and children. The dead were buried in a common grave.

Today there are about 50,000 Sioux in South Dakota living on and off the reservations although there are many more living in all areas of the West.

The original of this piece is available. This is a very large graphite painting and is absolutely beautiful.

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