|Catalog Number||1980.60.01 b|
|Title||UNTITLED (INDIAN TALKING TO BEAVER AND FOX)|
|Artist||Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)|
This pen-and-ink drawing is an extra-illustration from Russell's personal copy of John H. Beacom's 'How the Buffalo Lost His Crown', a publication that featured eight illustrations commissioned from Russell, including one black-and-white oil painting, five black-and-white watercolors, and two small sketches. It was first published by Forest and Stream Publishing Company, Minneapolis, in 1894, and republished by H. R. Russell, New York, four years later.
How the Buffalo Lost His Crown recounts a Blackfeet Indian legend that explained how man-with assistance from his animal friends-had gained the upper hand over the buffalo who, from the beginning of time, had ruled all other creatures. The extra-illustrations, both untitled, were executed on the book's title page and a blank endpaper. The one shows an Indian talking to Beaver and Fox-central characters in the narrative; the other, a classic Russell Indian on horseback, is unrelated to the story.