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The Massacre by Andoledius The Massacre by Andoledius
A conceptual take on the "Wounded Knee Massacre" which happened on December 29th, 1890. It was a terrible and tragic event, in which hundreds of American Indians were slaughtered for no reason at all. you can read more about it [link] there if you wish!

This was done for the upcoming department show my college has, and as a senior i am required to participate :( The buffalo represent the U.S. army, taken from the nickname some soldiers received, aptly named "buffalo soldiers". The wolves/coyotes/foxes/canines of course, represent the American Indians.

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Lookoo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well-made image! As far as the symbolism goes, I guess I'm one of those ppl for who it doesn't work out here.
- The 7th Cav. /10th Cav. thing has already been mentioned before (Buffalo Soldiers were from the 10th, they were involved in the wider context but didn't perpetrate Wounded Knee).
- I wouldn't associate buffaloes with white soldiers either when an Indian-white conflict is depicted. The Indians were the buffalo-people.
- What's more, I'm no fan of associating Indians with wolves. I know, it's happening all the time. There are countless pictures, getting more every day, which have an "Indian Princess" snuggling with a wolf or a "proud warrior" side by side with a wolf. Whites back then often associated Indians with wolves - pointing out the non-human predator character they ascribed to both and calling for the merciless extermination of both as an act of self-defense. This association has -oddly- survived until the present day. It was just turned into a tacky kitsch trope. I just can't stand indians = wolves for that reason. ;)
- Finally, buffaloes stampeding over wolves looks like a collective act of self-defense. The mighty, yet all too peaceful giants finally have enough and crush the bloodthirstly predators and clean them out once and for all. That's how many whites back then might have viewed it. But I have quite some issues with such associations. ;)

Yeah... sorry... a piece of art elicits lots of various responses in different viewers. This was mine. Very well done though, so take it easy! ;)
silliestowl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student General Artist
This piece is incredible. It's hard to see bison depicted as the villains (since they were as much a victim as the American Indians were, although they are now finally starting to be returned to their habitat). However, it's hard for some to see American soldiers as villains too. Sometimes that's the reality of the situation. Your line work is so good.
manfishinc Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
You have been featured!
Andoledius Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional
Thank you!! =)
Christian-Attridge Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Instant fav, wow! I love this, its breathtakingly beautiful.
tigre-lys Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
OH! I saw this in the Society of Illustrators student scholarship exhibition catalogue! It is so crazy when you're just browsing along and you see something you've seen in real life. This piece is so RAD. Good job.
gagatka27 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
oooooh!!!! Great one!
ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
I've featured this piece in my journal here: [link] :heart:
ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
:clap: Well done.
ZephyrTheKid Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
An absolutely deep interpretation. If this were a print, I'd be hard-pressed not to buy it.
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