The Jud Hartmann Gallery

"I suppose the world hath no better marksmen with their bows and arrow than they be"

a study for

Deerslayer

It was often the case among Eastern woodland people to experience a period of want, especially during late winter when game proved scarce or elusive and caches of dried food had been exhausted. Unlike early Europeans however, incidents of Indians actually starving were rare. These were seen by native people to be a valuable experience.

"Owaneeuo" (The Great Provider) sometimes suffers us to be in want, in order to teach us our dependence upon him, and let us know that we are to love and serve him and likewise show the worth of the favors that we receive and to make us more thankful. Be assured that you will be supplied with food, but you must continue diligent and exert yourself like a man, and the Great Spirit will direct your way.

Mingo, an Iroquois elder, c. 1759

"Let us not think that these men are so simple as some have supposed them. For they are of body lusty, strong and very nimble ... I suppose the world hath no better marksmen with their bows and arrow than they be. They shoot also with marvelous strength. They will kill birds flying, fish swimming and beasts running."

English explorer/settler, c.1619

Bronze edition: 60     Height: 21"