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Shadow of the Warrior

Shadow of the Warrior, 20 x 30, oil on linen

This Plains Indian has his face painted red, white and blue. He wears Eagle Feathers in his hair.

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Sings to the Buffalo

Healing Moon by K Henderson

Sings to the Buffalo, 36 x 24, oil on linen

According to tradition some people were gifted by spirit helpers to use a special song to lure buffalo into a  buffalo pound  which was a huge corral with walls covered by the leaves of thick bushes. As he sang, he used a drum. The song enticed the lead buffalo cow to bring her herd into the enclosure.

This painting is inspired by a 1880’s photograph of a Cree Indian who was said to have this gift.

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Forsaken

Forsaken by K Henderson

Forsaken, 30 x 20, Oil on Linen


This Plains Indian Has his face painted white. The Coup Mark (hand) painted on his face represents bravery. To be first to touch the enemy was regarded as the bravest deed of all, it was even a point of bravado for a single warrior to rush in among the enemy and strike one with quirt, coup stick or gun before attempting to fire, thus risking his own life.

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Wings of the Night

Wings of the Night by K Henderson
Wings of the Night, 30 x 30 oil on linen

This Plains Indian wears a feathered headdress with ermine tails. His face is painted white with black dots.

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Am I Dreaming

Am I Dreaming by K Henderson

Am I Dreaming, 30 x 30, oil on linen

 This painting shows a Plains Indian wearing a striped shawl. His hair is adorned with Eagle Feathers and his face is painted blue and white

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Seeks the Sun

Seeks the Sun by K Henderson

Seeks the Sun, oil on linen, 18 x 24

American Indians painted their faces for many reasons: Protection from the sun, ceremonial, personal recognition and others

Here, he wears white paint, white being the color of light, life and the Southeast – where the Sun rises with life-renewing power. The heavy white paint or clay is a prayer for long life.

The lines of flesh represent the straight roads that lead to the Great Spirit

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A Time Ago

A Time Ago by K Henderson

A Time Ago, 18 x 24, oil on canvas

 This Plains Indian has his face painted white. He wears eagle feathers in his hair

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Shields and Beads by K Henderson

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Battle of Honor, 42 x 36, oil on canvas

Honor and Power, 36 x 36, oil on canvas

Earth and Sky, 36 x 30, oil on canvas

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Silent Song

Silent Song by K Henderson

Silent Song, 30 x 20, oil on canvas

This Plains Indian wears a headdress of beads, bells and trade cloth. Attached to his shirt is a disc of Abalone. All of these items were “Trade Items” although the abalone was also exchanged amongst the various tribes before the European Traders arrived.

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American Indian Moccasins by K Henderson

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Sioux Moccasins, 9 x 12, oil on canvas

 Cheyenne Moccasins, 36 x 36, oil on canvas

 Moccasins, 12 x 9, oil on canvas

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