Oil painter and member of the Fort Sill-Chiricahua Apache Tribe of Apache, Oklahoma, the Shinnecock/Montauk Tribal Nation of Long Island, New York, and Hungarian, in honor of the history of the Chiricahua Apache people, presents a new series of fourteen portraits of well-known historical figures from the Chiricahua Apache Tribe and the days of the Geronimo War of 1886.
For the first time, historically accurate depictions of the rich cultural traditions of the Long Island Indians, rendered by a member of the Native tribes themselves, are now available in rich detail for the public. The whaling traditions of the men, to the quiet settings of community life, show traditions of beauty and serenity as well as adventure and action. Finally, there is a mixture of different paintings representing a variety of themes of interest, landscapes, figurative, and contempory views of the beautiful Eastern Long Island environment.
|This unique selection of portraits is produced by a descendant of the very people that are depicted. Among those personages depicted is Martine, David's great-grandfather and one of the two Apache scouts who helped persuade Geronimo to surrender for the final time in 1886.
Also, depicted are other relatives, Chief Victorio of the Warm Springs Apaches as well as Mangas son of Chief Mangas Coloradas of the Warm Springs Chiricahua Apaches.
There are also some of the lesser known Chiricahua Apache women-warriors who were trained as warriors similar to the men. These oil portraits show versions of the great leaders in the natural landscape settings from which they came. These versions are unsentimental renderings intended to convey the realistic personalities of the individuals. Also, on the website, currently available are various depictions of Shinnecock, Montauk, Algonquian Indian historical scenes that tell the history of the ancient Long Island Indian peoples.