Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

One of the very first drawings in my sketchbook, dating back to 2010. Before that, I never did sketches, but I’d seen the results of that practice – taken to the level of obsession – from the likes of Robert Crumb, Chris Ware and James Jean, and felt it would be a way of developing my abilities of an evening, when I’m just too shagged out to paint. I’ve always liked this one, which was a study of a homeless Native American on an un-named U.S. city street. Few people in history have been more collectively shafted than the tribes of North America, utterly crushed under the jackboot of ‘Manifest Destiny’. Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee is the starting point to understand just how severe that shafting was.

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