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V 40 The Indian Advocate. c ' fclrt ?? Iff Indian Chief as an Artist. Mack Bear's Deerskin Painting of the Details of the Custer Massacre. On the deerskin covering of a tepee in the Brule Sioux encampmentat Glen Island is drawn, in blue ink, a medley of men and horses. The picture in itself is so strange that it arouses the curiosity of thousands of visitors, but few of them know that it has any significance other than as a mere illus tration of Indian life and warfare, says the New York Mail " and Express. The artist of the deerskin painting is Black Bear, whose family is housed under it. Black Bear explained that the figures on the deerskin are not horses and men merely, but only details in a representation of an historic event the mas sacre of Custer and his men by the hordes of Sioux under Sitting Bull. "I was in that fight," Black Bear explained. "I was a young man then, and I remember it was fhe biggest thing in my life. I think I make a picture of it, so that all my people know about it." "That man in the middle on the horse, see him? That is; 'Long Hair,' " continued Black Bear, using Custer's Indian name, derived from his peculiar objection to wearing his hair in ordinary fashion. "See how his hair wave out behind. He ride aloae. There is one of his men dead," and Black Bear pointed to a figure of a man in a slouch hat lying down. "There is another. Indians are killing them." "There are Indians on horses. They ride round and round Long Hair. They ride fast, and every time they pass they kill some of his men. Indians can ride fast and they can shoot. Long Hair know that and he fight well, but Indians were like the dust the wind blows. No one can count them.