Wild Man's Meat (Redman's Meat) by Charles M. Russell

Name: Wild Man's Meat (Redman's Meat) | Artist: Charles M. Russell Media: Pencil, watercolor and gouache on paper | Year(s): 1899
Charles M. Russell | Wild Man's Meat (Redman's Meat) | 1899 | Pencil, watercolor and gouache on paper | 21 inches x 30 inches

About the Work

There was nothing sportsmanlike or elevated about the chase in the buffalo hunt and Russell made no concessions to delicacy. These buffalo are the real thing. Terrified calves, cows and bulls jam together, saliva streaming from their mouths, tongues lolling as they run for life. To give himself a better chance at the meat, the Indian hunter would often crowd the cow into a calf to slow it down, though during any extended run the cows would outdistance the bulls leaving the calves far behind, prey to Indian boys who honed their hunting skills on them.