Late Indian artist, Benjamin Buffalo, brought insight into Native American customs and ways in contemporary days.
"Photorealism of the late Cheyenne artist Benny Buffalo brought family and tribal figures to life in his prize-winning images of Cheyenne people."
-- Mary Jo Watson, Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, Oklahoma Historical Society Treatise on American Indian Art.
Bennie was an old, dear friend of ours.
Artist: BENJAMIN BUFFALO, Sr. (Cheyenne -- Native American painter and lithographer, 1948-1994)
Title: "Cheyenne Girl 2"
Media: Acrylic on canvas
Bennie Buffalo was a Cheyenne Warrior. He enlisted to go to Vietnam, as did more Native American males at that time, and was one of the survivors of that watershed battle known as Hambuger Hill. Ben suffered seriously from those experiences and attempted to self-medicate with alcohol. The horror vets experienced in Vietnam was never properly addressed medically, so victims tended to do what they could to ameliorate the pain and nightmares. Unfortunately for Bennie, alcohol was also the known destroyer of Indian peoples. the demon rum ultimately contributed heavily to Buffalo's untimely demise in 1994.