When Colors Bleed. Sand Creek 1864. Native American image by David C. Behrens.
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When Colors Bleed Sand Creek 1864
In the fall of 1864. a band of Cheyennes led by Black Kettle and White Antelope and a band of Arapahoes lead by Chief Left Hand, came to speak to the Whites about making lasting piece. just the year before, Black Kettle had been invited to Washington where he spoke with both Presiden Abraham Lincoln and Colonel Greenwood. President Lincoln gave him some medallions and Colonel Greenwood presented him with a huge United States flag, decorated with 34 stars and the promise that as long as this flag flew above him camp, no soldier would fire upon him. so confident was he of this promise, no night watchman was appointed to protect the camp for safety and peace with the whites had finally come.
In the early morning of November 28, 1864, over 700 soldiers under the command of Colonel Chivington, opened fire on Black Kettles and White Antelopes camp at sand creek. those escaping the cross fire gathered around Black Kettles flag their only hope for protection./ White Antelope , a man of 73 years, rattled by disbelief walked towards the soldiers with his hands high in the air saying "stop" "stop". his words were met with bullets as he fell to his death. the survivors of this brutal massacre say that white antelope sang the Cheyenne death song before he died.
Nothing live long
Only the earth and the mountains
Although this event took place less that 150 years ago. It is tragically forgotton about in most history books, but the Cheyenne will never forget.
Artist David C. Behrens, brings past history to life with his timeless mixed media paintings. David recieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from East Carolina University. Born in Queens, New York and raised in Huntington, Long Island.
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