Oil on canvas; 14" x 17". On the back is noted "painted for Chuck Whaley, l969" and signed with the "Ace of Diamonds." The painting is described by Ace Powell himself: "This painting is from a photo taken many years ago of Bear, a Chief of the Canadian Crees. He was in chains at the depot platform in Havre, Montana, waiting to be shipped back to Canada to face a murder charge for killing a white trader at Frog Lake, Canada. He was subsequently exonerated from this charge, of which he was no doubt guilty, when the wife of the dead man, a squaw, refused to identify Bear as the killer by stating, 'If this man is Bear, he is not the man who killed my husband.' " Bear gave a speech when the photo was taken, but because Indians were an unpopular people at this time, the speech was never published. Years later, it turned up with some old material which had been submitted to newspapers, but not printed. As near as l can recall, the speech went something like this: "We all time haul freight, we all time show you way, we all time be friends when we have land, then you take lnjun land, give it to bad Injuns, Sioux, Cheyenne’s. You kill his buffalo and put on the land your cows. You make lake where no lake she is, you cut trees where tree is, you put tree where tree is not. Not even God she suit you, how can poor damn lnjun do it? My people don’t know how to live with crazy mans." Framed.
SIZE: 14" x 17"