Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Day 17 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

 Day 17 : Fort Robinson Bluffs

Getting back into the 'one a day' swing again and feeling the burn.
Spring a year ago, Ed and I took a driving trip west from Lincoln into the Sandhills of Nebraska and on into the Black Hills of South Dakota, through the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore and Custer Parks and a few others.
I'm okay with people calling Kansas and Nebraska 'flyover states' and it seems to keep the riffraff out of the way while you enjoy the unbelievable scenery.
No mountains to get in the way of the view.
No people, no crowds, nothing but sky and grassland.
In west central Nebraska is an old US Army fort - Fort Robinson.
Here is where Sioux Chief Crazy Horse surrendered and died.
The Fort Robinson Massacre was here.
Here is the site of a German Prisoner of War camp during World War II.
Local farmers would come to the camp for field workers.
The place is infinitely fascinating with history and lately I can't get enough of it.
Something in my center makes me feel at ease in the grassland and prairies.
It is hard to imagine the prairies treeless but you can read My Antonia
 and get a wonderful description of Nebraska through Willa Cather's eyes. 
Trees were brought in by settlers and people walking their way to the West, 
hoping to make homes.
Buffalo Soldiers were stationed here.
There are good things about this area and bad things - all concerning the Red Cloud Agency, Sioux, Lakota, and Cheyenne - and most definitely there can be sadness felt here.
I'm deeply moved when I'm out here and can't drink it in fast enough.

Details : 12"x12"
Oil on canvas

1 comment:

Jill said...

This history is rich and I have been remiss in learning much about it.