Ralph Crawford 

The Buffalo Run

Buffalo running for their lives...bulls, cows, and calves... 26 head in all are depicted in this massive 6-foot long, 3-foot wide sculpture.  The real life model for the bull that the Indian is shooting weighs over 2,300 pounds.  Crawford got photos and a very close view when he was chased across the paddock!

The Plains Indians hunted in this fashion strapped on their horses.  In a crisis, such as if a horse stumbled, the rider straightened  his legs to free himself.  A long neck rope was tucked into the rider's belt so he could catch his mount.  Buffalo ponies were a valuable possession which were kept inside the lodge if raiders were thought to be in the area.  Unique personal marks on the arrows identified the kills for the women and old men who followed to dress-out the kill.