Allan Houser, 1990 (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Bronze, Edition of 8, 68 x 19 x 15 in.
“All of these stories of my dad’s have lived with me through the years. They are the basis of most of this sculpture.“
This piece by Allan Houser shows an Apache leader holding the skull of a buffalo, wearing traditional clothing. Among the Apache, some of the most revered leaders were known for their spiritual powers. The buffalo was also one of their most important traditional food sources. According to Houser’s son, Stephen, in this sculpture his father was representing the spiritual power of a prayer for a successful buffalo hunt.