"White Man Fire Sticks," a framed giclee print on canvas by Howard Terpning, depicts two Blackfoot warriors engaged in battle.
“Warriors engaged in battle, a fine art first for Howard Terpning®. It is a moment captured with a veteran’s eye: rarely does a soldier see or is aware of much in battle except what happens immediately around him. This is a classic Terpning, subtle and elegant to the eye because of a powerful and complex design beneath.
The Native people were awestruck when they first saw firearms carried by the white man and how destructive they were, Terpning says. The early muskets were smooth bore flintlocks and, for their time, were very effective although such a weapon took time to re-load as opposed to the use of the bow and arrows.
To the first Americans, they seemed to be sticks that shot fire out of one end. These two Blackfoot warriors are engaged in a small skirmish with their enemy, possibly the Flatheads. This area is near the Swan River in the Flathead Valley of Montana.
"White Man Fire Sticks" is a rare action piece from Howard Terpning and the response to it has been extremely enthusiastic.”
Framed giclee on canvas | Edition of 125
Frame: Width 34.25 | Height 44.25 (inches)
Image: Width 27.75 | Height 37.75 (inches)
All measurements are approximate.