This drawing by the famous western artist Frederick Remington shows his type of humour of the 1890s with a touch of a racial comment of the times. Injin is usually spelled Injun in past publications and is pronounced like that in old movies, etc., and is a derogatory way of saying Indian, which today is correctly described as a First Nation person.
Also, I would like to mention that the western movies of today mostly use actors of First Nation descent to portray their people, which is good and just. Not like in movies of the past.
But getting back to painters – my favourite western or cowboy artists are Frederick Remington and Charlie Russel; they did great stuff. Their subjects ranged from First Nation people including chiefs, to teepees and camp life, cowpokes, ordinary people of every description, horses, buffalo and many colourful personalities.
P.S. By the way, Halin de Repentigny of Dawson City does his ink drawings a little like Remington and Russel.
I really like Halin’s work.
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