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Catalog Number 1986.06.06
Object Name Painting
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-14 W-10.375 inches
Medium Watercolor/Ink/Paper
Date 1908
Notes "Riding the Goat" was a ritual commonly used to initiate a member into an Elks lodge, as well as many other fraternal lodges. While some fraternal groups used a mechanical reproduction goat, the Elks are believed to have used an actual goat for their ceremony. Here, the goat is saddled and branded with the head of an elk, and Charlie has just "broke" him. He looks a little worse for wear and tear: his hair and clothing are disheveled, his assumption sash has fallen awry, and the goat has trodden on his hat. This was presented to his fellow Elks in Great Falls after his initiation in March 1908. On the reverse of the image there is a faint pencil sketch of 'The Big Stack Is Our Landmark' (1986.06.03).
Search Terms Elks Lodge
Mountain Goat