The Paintings of Amos Bad Heart Bull.

by Daniel Russ on June 9, 2017

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Born about 1868 or 1869, Amos was just eight when George Armstrong Custer led a column of US Army Cavalry against the Sioux Village at Little Bighorn. He was the son of Bad Heart Bull, nephew of Red Cloud, the famous leader of the Oglala Sioux. Following the killing of Crazy Horse, he and his family moved to Canada to reside with Sitting Bull.


Oddly in 1890 he joined the US Army as a scout and learned how to speak and write English. Following in the traditions of his tribe, he recorded historical events in pictograms, and his drawings have now become folk art of note. He officially became tribal historian. He died in 1913.





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