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    OLIN TRAVIS (1888-1975)
    Along War Eagle River, 1920s to 1930s
    Oil on artistboard
    12in. x 16in.
    Signed lower left
    Turtle monogram
    Signed and titled verso

    War Eagle was the son of a Cherokee chief. He lived with his family along the banks of the La Grande River of Indian Territory, which is in Eastern Oklahoma. Se-quah-dee, a beautiful young maiden, had been promised to become his wife. Shortly before the wedding date, a French trapper lured Se-quah-dee to his fireside, bound her, and left heading east into Arkansas.

    Although War Eagle realized it was against the white man's law to leave Indian Territory, his every thought was on rescuing Se-quah-dee. The young brave mustered a small band of his friends together and managed to follow the trapper's trail into Arkansas.

    While resting near a stream, the band was ambushed by a posse and three of War Eagle's men were killed. Seeking revenge, War Eagle killed and scalped the next white man he came across. When the man's body was found, fear spread rapidly throughout the Ozarks. Posses were formed to search for and kill the wild renegade Indians that were roaming the hills.

    At night, War Eagle would search for camp fires. He finally found Se-quah-dee's abductor camped near a stream, which is believed to be the War Eagle River of today. In his desperate anxiety to kill the trapper and retrieve his long-lost lover, he failed to notice the trapper's friends sleeping nearby. War Eagle drove his razor-sharp knife into the trapper's chest. The trapper's scream woke his sleeping friends and they killed War Eagle.

    Expressing such grief over the death of her lover, Se-quah-dee pleaded to the men to let her stay with War Eagle's body. She gave War Eagle an Indian ritual and mourned his death with such intense emotions that she died alongside her cherished warrior.



    Condition Report*: Excellent condition. Period frame in excellent condition.
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    December, 2006
    2nd Saturday
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