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Tanka the Buffalo Chief by lawvalamp Tanka the Buffalo Chief by lawvalamp

Chief Tanka - The Buffalo Chief 

Tanka was not a born leader.  Company of others was long forgotten to him.  He was young when he beheld his parent’s death.  Eleven when his tribe was driven from their native lands by white force of arms.  Amidst the chaos, he fled.

The buffalo herds that swept over the Great Plains offered a place of refuge from animal predators, human, and other.  He sustained, learned to hunt and trap the small game along the migration paths.

Years passed, and strength found Tanka.  He walked among the buffalo as one of their own.  He became a protector, a keeper.

As the buffalo moved so too did men.  Tribes driven west, promises broken as treaties crumbled under foot.  Tanka thought little of this.  The buffalo were his tribe.

Peace was shattered in the summer of 1872 by never ending volleys of rifles across the plains.  This was the new tactic.  Kill the source of life, kill the buffalo. 

The plains, littered with thousands of his loved ones, Tanka charged a wagon train...Tanka charged with his tribe.

When the dust settled, Tanka stood amidst the carnage.  He knew this was just the beginning.  A new strength had risen in the plains that day.  Other tribes now came....to join him.

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OlegEvteev Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
Cool!
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lawvalamp Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Drepicman Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Every time I think about Native Americans and Buffalo can't help but think about the White Buffalo song ( the cultural song ) 
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AstaWolf Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol dead guy!!!
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lawvalamp Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hehe yeah! that part was fun to put in.   trying to just add to the character's character
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AstaWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
your art is amazing!!
and great shading and lighting!!!!!!
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lawvalamp Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!!!!
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runninkool Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
 Terrific design & underlying concept !!! Clap 
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:iconlawvalamp:
lawvalamp Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much! 
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runninkool Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome Brother !!! :) (Smile) 
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Boooosha Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This character is amazing! I would so love to sculpt it in 3D. Really really wonderful
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JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know I dug this on Facebook, but this is really sweet man!! Hugely inspirational! 
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lawvalamp Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Josh!  I too have enjoyed working on it as well :)
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DanSchoening Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work Brian, love how you've added his bio as well. It pluses the piece :) Kudos!
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lawvalamp Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Dan!  Knowing a super cool dude like yourself liked it, really pluses it for me too!!!!
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