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"Tecumseh, Guardian Of The Ohio" - By Robert Griffing

Signed & Numbered Limited Edition Print

Image size: 18 1/4" x 28"

Edition size: 950 S/N

Issue price: $150 (When this is sold out it will only be available on our secondary market---call then for current price and availability--800-237-6077)

The last half of the eighteenth century was a time of decline and retreat for the Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands and Great Lakes region. Their world was one of endless warfare and ravaging disease. During this dark and tumultuous time a shining leader was born among the Shawnee. On the night he was born, in the spring of 1768, a brilliant comet trailed across the heavens. In honor of this celestial event, his father, Puckeshinwa named him "Panther Crossing The Sky" or in his native tongue Tecumseh.

Tecumseh's father was a great warrior and protector of the Shawnee people. He hoped as many fathers do, that one day his son would follow in his footsteps. Puckeshinwa was killed defending his home and family when Tecumseh was just six years old. No one could know at the time that Tecumseh would indeed follow in his fathers footsteps.

Ironically, the treaty of Fort Stanwix was signed the same year as Tecumseh's birth. The treaty established the Ohio River as the permanent boundary between red and white cultures. Throughout Tecumseh's youth no less than 13 treaties would be signed with the invading "long knives." Tecumseh witnessed the effects of these treaties; more war, more deaths, and the eventual westward retreat of his people.

Tecumseh is believed to have participated in his first raid of white settlements at age 14. For the next eight years, Tecumseh would learn the skills and art of war at the side of his brother, Chiksika. In 1787 he joined his brother Chiksika and party of warriors on a journey south to Kentucky and Tennessee to assist the Creek and Cherokee in their war against the whites. For three years they fought to resist the long knives. Tecumseh was with his brother when he was killed near Nashville, Tennessee.

By the time he was 22, Tecumseh had been at war for eight years. He saw the whites come into his country, "like a great snake, and devour his people one nation at a time." He saw that his people "were like small rabbits before a pack of wolves running in every direction, each nation on its own." Tecumseh knew that if they were to survive they too must become a "pack of wolves." Instead of each tribe continuing to fight its own separate war, all the nations East of the Mississippi had to unite. This is the message Tecumseh would take back to the Shawnee in Ohio Country.

In 1790, Tecumseh guided the warriors back north to their home. The man that emerged on the north shore of the Ohio River was not the same man that had left three years ago. He was transformed into a leader, a legend, and a savior to his people. He was the man that would become "Tecumseh-Guardian of the Ohio."

For the next 23 years Tecumseh would work tirelessly toward his goal of a unified Native resistance. He organized 32 nations from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. With the assistance of his brother, Tenskwatawa, The Prophet, he would lead the largest Native resistance in American history. Tecumseh died at The Battle of Thames in 1813. At the time of his death, red and white men alike considered him to be one of America's greatest orators and military leaders.

 

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