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Catalog Number X1952.02.03
Object Name Card, Illustrated
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-11 W-7 inches
Medium Pen/Ink/Paper
Date 1913
Notes Russell's respect for traditional Native American beliefs and the customs they engendered is clear. In Russell's worldview, the warmth of the sun and the ripple of the river were far more desirable than cold marble headstones and fast-fading flowers. Nature was supreme and Montana's first people were her chosen children. He reflected this sentiment many times, both graphically in his paintings as well as more explicitly in his letters and other writings.The hand-written poem reads: "His Heart Sleeps / No Flowers deck his resting place / No marble marks the spot / But nature loves her children / Her child is not forgot / Oft times she rocks his cradle / Which hangs at river's brink / Her water's hum his lullaby / Where great herds come to drink / His God, the sun, rides guard for him through night."
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