Chief Iron Tail

(Drawn with charcoal) (Oglala Lakota) 1842 -1916 A wise counselor and diplomat, always dignified, quiet and never given to boasting. He seldom made a speech and cared nothing for gaudy regalia. While in Washington, D.C. he was chosen as one of 3 models for the Indian head profile on the Buffalo Nickel. Buffalo Bill was quoted as saying "Iron Tail is the finest man I have ever known, bar none."

Image size: 22 x 16.5"

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  • Erik Berndt 7y

    Yes, but the taste of the public seems to change again and art-shows with realistic paintings are attracting more and more people.
    And yes, the feathers are unbelievable.
    -Must ckeck out what Dewey Beard means (if there is a meaning)-
  • Louise Christian 7y

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!
  • S Campos 7y

    ToOliver2, Erik, and Louise001, thank you for all the faves!
    And that's good to hear ..cause I can't stop the detail!
  • matuko amini 7y

    such detail!
  • S Campos 7y

    A comment from the Queen of Detail!
    Actually, I start off each drawing thinking, this time I'll take a more minimal approach.. but it just doesn't happen! Once I draw a line, it stays & the detail continues..
  • Buddha's Ghost 7y

    Always love these!!!
  • S Campos 7y

  • Hans Solcer 7y

    very beautiful
  • The Squidler 7y

    Blown away....
  • jguidry11 7y

    This is amazing - it absolutely looks like a b&w photo from the era, beautifully done!
  • S Campos 7y

    Thanks for all the nice comments!
  • l.a.s. 7y

    I really am bowled over by your work. I could fave everything.
  • native_style 7y

    great work.....just FYI its Iron Hail who is Dewey Beard............
  • S Campos 7y

    Thanks native style.
    Hail or Tail.. I wish I could find a clear explanation as to which one it is!
  • native_style 7y

    try this .....I hope this helps but I am a grandson so this is how I know..thanks
  • Manetok 6y

    you can almost feel the feathers
  • Richard Wayne 6y

    I saw this beautiful photo on Explore ! 04-28-08

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  • Johny Day 5y

    You have soooo much talent , I made you a friend in my contacts

  • rocko592004 5y

    Native Style, I am also a grandson of Wasu Maza or Iron Hail, please contact me. His name comes from a US Navy Admiral, his last name is shortened from Hawks Beard. He was called by his Lakota name from injuries received and that he would put on white "hail" paint dots on his forehead for protection when going into battle, he lived until 1955 as well. Would you please edit his name as Iron tail was a much older person than Grandfather, Thank you. VERY Beautiful work Steeelll, can you contact me about a possible print from your amazing sketch of him?
  • Calvin Spotted Elk 5y

    FYI Iron Hail was Dewey Beard. My great great grandfather was Chief Spotted Elk who was killed along with his people at Wounded Knee in 1890. Dewey Beard comes from the Horncloud Tiospaye, a group of Oglala people who later joined my grandfather's band because of the Ghost Dance. Our people were Mniconjou from Cherry Creek area near Cheyenne River originally. Some of Sitting Bull's Hunkpapa people also joined my grandfather and were killed along with our people near Wounded Knee.

    The Buffalo Nickel head was a composite of 3 Chiefs... One was Cheyenne.. Two Moons, The other Oglala... Iron Tail and another was Kiowa... can't remember his name though...
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