As people defending their homelands, in many cases Native Americans vigorously fought both encroaching Indian neighbors and white men. Remington’s fourth bronze sculpture, copyrighted in 1898, was his first to depict a Native American, a Sioux warrior brandishing the scalp of an Indian enemy at a time when most tribal populations had been decimated and confined to reservations.
This sculpture of Remington’s romantic vision of a victorious warrior survives in several versions, the earlier ones made from the sand cast method cast by the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Co., to the later lost wax method ones cast by the Roman Bronze Works. Remington’s later models, such as this one, depict a more vigorous stance by the horse with splayed back legs and a rockier inclined base. The man’s face has been made gaunter and an earlier rifle changed to a tomahawk as Remington refined his concept over time.