For the past three years I have traveled to Southern Montana to witness the living history of the reenactment of George Armstrong Custer’s Last Stand Battle hosted by the Real Bird Family. This takes place on the date of the battle each June at the Crow Agency outside of Hardin, Montana. The reenactment is presented on the actual site of the original “Last Stand” along the river and bluffs, rolling hills, and grassy flatland under the national monument honoring the fallen soldiers and native Americans who participated in 1876. The history of it is presented through the eyes of the Crow people who were fighting for their very way of life. Keith Herrin’s Cavalry School does a wonderful job reenacting the 7th Cavalry and the Real Bird Family open up their land to the public, provide the beautiful horses, and host the whole event. It is honored as the number one reenactment in the United States and is well worth attending.
During my visits, I took many, many photographs and videos and have just finished painting one of my favorite photos. I titled this painting, “The Young Crow Warrior”and this painting is my first “Western Art”.