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Jaw was a noted Sioux warrior who excelled in horse stealing. One particularly acclaimed nighttime exploit resulted in the taking of 70 horses. Jaw recounted that “I did not waken nor kill any of the Crows; I just took their horses. No Sioux ever took more horses than that in one night.” Jaw is believed to have painted a portrait of Bear Eagle (Mahto Wambdi) on this drum. Bear Eagle leans forward over the neck of his horse to count coup with his whip against an enemy who has struck him with an arrow. The painting may document the time Bear Eagle led a war party against the Crow, an image that Jaw drew on other occasions. The warrior wears a long sash attached with eagle feathers, a military insignia of the Miwatani Society. A newly inducted Miwatani member also presented the society with the best horse in his herd. The sash identifies Bear Eagle as belonging to that organization of warriors whose members vowed to save the life of a compatriot in exchange for their own.
depth 2.375 in ; diameter 15.5 in