On the Border of the White Man's Land

Solon Hannibal Borglum American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

In 1899 Borglum spent three months among the Crow Creek Sioux in South Dakota, where he began to model his first Indigenous subject. In ensuing years, he offered contradictory narratives about this prone man grasping a rifle shielded by his horse for a camouflaged view of his foe. One explanation was that it represented Black Eagle, a scout for General George A. Custer, who was sent to report on unvanquished Native Americans. Another was that the unnamed figure was spying on white settlers or a passing train.

On the Border of the White Man's Land, Solon Hannibal Borglum (American, Ogden, Utah 1868–1922 Stamford, Connecticut), Bronze, American

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