Treaty Signing

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The treaty singing at Medicine Creek Lodge was a Historical event. Two artists completed two different representations of this scene; one a Native American the other a European.

Howling Wolf's work is seen as "naively executed" because many feel there is little competent technique in the work. Western ideas of art were based upon the 'Masters' of Europe. Howling Wolf's representation is an honest realistic work. He does show an understanding of technique in the use of white space to show depth.

"He abandoned most of the old pictographic style and composed colorful, decorative drawings with a strong sense of balance, symmetry, and rhythm." (Prentice Hall, 2013) He included the Native women in this work because they represent the power of the people. Native American culture treats men and women as equals; equal in power and importance to the tribe.

This was one of the differences between the two cultures; Europeans of this period did not view woman as equals.

Howling Wolf's inclusion of the Native women is a major difference from Taylor's portrayal of the historical scene.

Taylor's portrayal starkly represents the cultural difference between Europeans and Native people. European women had no rights; they did not own land and did not participate in politics. Their role was insignificant compared to Native cultural views.

Native women on the other hand were treated very differently. They did have power they were included in politics and had a voice in the tribe. Taylor portrays all the male participants in his rendering; however he does portray one woman.

"Mrs. Margaret Adams, interpreter for the Arapaho. The daughter of a French-Canadian trapper and an Arapaho mother, she was the object of great fascination to the journalists present, especially when she...