Indian Cheyenne 1850
The presence of both the wolf and the bowindicates that the Indian is a warrior belonging to the “Wolf Warriors’ Society”. Wolf warriors were also called “Bowstring Warriors”. The facepaint shows that he is on the warpath and seeking revenge.
The “warrior societies” were organizations typical of the Plains indians. Among the Cheyenne there were also “Dog Soldiers” and “Bowstring Men”, “Crooked Lance Warriors, The “Women’s Society” and many others. Chosen in turn by council chiefs, these soldiers, after a period of training, carried out an armed police service within the villages and guaranteed defence in moments of danger.
Sculpted by Gianni La Rocca
Painted by Andrea Terzolo
Historical research by Riccardo Carrabino