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Lost in the snow storm – We are friends

by Charles Russell, 1888

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cloth, 60,9 x 109,5 cm, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth TX, inv. no. 1961.144.

A group of five American Indians on horseback is lost in a snow storm. They happen to meet two cowboys with their pack horse and exchange information in sign language, making clear they do not want to be enemies. In our time we can hardly imagine the situation of horsemen riding in a snow storm hoping to find some game to hunt and then getting lost. The picture also shows how the riders could trust their horses even in the harsh weather. The American Indians liked spotted horses, like the one in front, and this color pattern is still popular among American horse people.