“Cisco and Pancho” are the names of these two beautiful and bedecked mules, seen posing in their harnesses in this classic scene lifted straight out of the American West. An original oil painting by artist Jerry Crandall, this 16" x 20" artwork shows the two animals at rest on the open plains, with the majestic Rocky Mountains seen looming in the backdrop and providing dark splashes of contrasting color. The mules seem to be resting, waiting for their driver to say “Ha!” to set them back about their work of leading explorers or settlers to the new opportunities that lie ahead in these promising lands.
A beautiful scene, this artwork will look excellent in your ranch or upon the walls of your office.
Born in 1840, originally given the name Curly, Crazy Horse became the most
feared warrior by his enemies and the greatest leader of the Lakotas. He was
not a typical Lakota warrior: his hair was light brown, possessed hazel eyes
and had rather light colored skin. He was quiet and very much a loner. Later
he was renamed Tasunke Witko ~ Crazy Horse. A vision he had made him a
Thunder Being, lightning gave him power over is enemy. He was instructed
by his mentor and spiritual leader, Buffalo Horn Chips, that in order to protect
him in battle to paint lightning bolts down his horse’s legs, to never tie
up his horse’s tail like most warriors, not to wear a war bonnet but rather one
or two eagle feathers in his hair, and to always wear a sacred stone behind
his left ear with a larger one under his left arm. For war paint, he was told
to cover the exposed body with white hail spots. Before battle he would toss
sacred dirt from a prairie dog hole over the horse’s head and rump, then rub
some into the horse’s body. Crazy Horse was a fierce and determined war
leader fighting against General Custer at the Little Big Horn. At Fort Robinson,
Nebraska, he was stabbed to death in 1877.
“In the Land of the Enemy” depicts a prominent Lakota warrior as part of a scouting party who has encountered a painted medicine buffalo skull – a sure sign that his horse has carried him into enemy territory. Hoof marks adorn the crest of the warrior’s colorfully painted horse, showing that he has stolen many horses, while the blue stripes represent his esteemed membership as part of the Lakota warrior society.