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North Cheyenne Warrior, XIX century

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North Cheyenne Warrior, XIX century

Model kit. Requires assembly and painting.

UK/EU: £22.00
Non-EU: £18.33
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54mm white metal kit. Sculpted by Eduard Perez Delgado. boxart by Danilo Cartacci. Kit includes: 15 pieces.

How the “North Cheyenne Warrior” miniature came about

Farmers and artisans from Minnesota, the Cheyennes were driven towards the high plains by the Sioux expansion around the 1750s. Their name is derived from the Sioux term Sha-hì-ye-na which means People of a Strange Language.

 Around 1830 they owned horses and had become typical nomads of the plains, hunting bison and antelopes. They divided into two groups, one at the springs of the Platte River, the other, to the south, along Arkansas River. The Fort Laramie Treaty sanctioned this division. Deeply religious, their vision of the cosmos was made up of a universe with complex symbolism. They prayed to Father Sky and to Mother Earth. They exalted the vision of supernatural warriors and together with the Arapaho they were probably the best to practice the Sun Dance. A unique element among Indians is that they carried with them in battle sacred icons as talismans. The Southern Cheyennes called them Sacred Arrows; the Northern Cheyennes called them Sacred Medicine Hat. The arrows are still in use occasionally. They were well organized with 10 main bands and 44 chiefs nominated for their wisdom and valour; the most famous among these being Dull Knife, Little Robe, Two Moons and Little Wolf. Four chiefs were chosen to exercise more powerful authority. Despite their strength, they were never a numerous tribe: at the time of the greatest expansion, they numbered only 3500 (due to cholera which had struck in 1849). The northern tribes waged war against the white colonies and took part in the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. Their southern relatives did not really fight until the village of Black Kettle was attacked first in Colorado in 1846, then in Washita in 1868, despite having signed the Medicine Lodge Treaty in 1867. They then united in the Comanche revolt of 1874-75. Despite their victories, the number of colonies increased and with them, the armies; then with the elimination of the bison, the Plains Indians were finally vanquished. Defeated on the field, the Cheyenneswere confined to reservations; today 4500 live on the Tongue River in Montana.


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