David Lemon, Sculptor - Master of Bronze


Cheyenne Courtship

Cheyenne Courtship

Cheyenne Indians call themselves Tsitsistas; 'Cheyenne' is a mistake, a Sioux word for Cree. The Cheyenne were Great Plains people, originally native to the area that is now Colorado and Wyoming. Today the tribe is divided into the Northern Cheyenne in Montana, numbering 6500, and the Southern Cheyenne, who are united with their longtime allies the Arapaho into a single Nation in Oklahoma with a combined 11,000 members. 
In 1878, the Cheyennes from the north could not adapt to the hot weather of the reservation in Oklahoma and "broke out" to flee back to the north, led by Chiefs Dull Knife and Little Wolf. Though many of the escapees were killed by the US Army en route, the rest reached safety and their descendants still live in Montana today.
This piece shows a Northern Cheyenne male courting a young lady who is trying to ignore him, but as the young man plays his flute for her, she starts to soften. She takes her mirror off of her face and steals a view of him.
If she indicates she's interested in him then he will place the blanket he carries, over the both of them, indicating they're now a couple.

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