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The Family History Files of Dalton Ray Phillips




Native Americans


I don't claim to be an artist but I do like to draw. I do a lot of it now that I am retired. I am pretty much home bound and drawing is relaxing for me. I do all of my drawing with a mechanical pencil loaded with 2B leads. PLAIN AND SIMPLE - THAT IS MY WAY. 

At last count, I had almost 400 sketches stashed away in my digital achieves. Some good, some bad, most about average

- all done by me. I typically turn out 2 or 3 new sketches every day. 

I will refresh this page often with new drawings.


If you have comments, suggestions or criticism just send me an email.


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Major General George R. Crook, U.S. Army, led campaigns against various Indian bands, those who violated the terms of treaties in effect in the 1870's and 1880's.  
ONCE A PROUD CHIEF: The great Apache War Chief Geronimo was reduced to being a pathetic drunkard and beggar while held in captivity by the U.S. Army in his last days. He told stories to tourists for drinks and cigarettes. He was treated like a freak in a circus side show attraction. Some of the tourists bullied him and threw coins on the ground so he had to crawl around searching for them. He died in 1909 in his 90's. Just before he died he told a beloved nephew that he was sorry he surrendered in 1886. He said "I should have kept fighting until I was the last man alive." General George R. Crook, the U.S. Army's premier Indian Fighter, credited Geronimo as being the most cunning of the native American Chiefs he faced during the campaigns he participated in.  
A prairie village in simpler times.  
EARLY MORNING BUFFALO HERD: A young scout sights a small herd of buffalo.

 It presents good prospects for having fresh meat by supper time.

CONTROLLING THE RAMPAGING COMANCHE'S: A cavalry sergeant is ready to lead a group of troops in to ambush a hostile Indian camp. There are no warriors in the camp now, but it is known to be a safe haven for them. It was in violation of the treaties and the Indians were not complying with the regulations that required them to stay on assigned reservations. They had to be controlled for public safety. Under the Total War Policy, these Comanches must be eliminated. Very soon, all of the Indians pictured here will be dead - their carcasses left on the open prairie for the coyotes and other scavengers to salvage:  a boy of 12, a girl of 14, a crawling toddler, a 3 year old girl, an old man, a woman (the children's mother) and a boy of 5. Scenes like this were common in the Great Plains region, as well as Arizona and New Mexico, in the 1870's and 1880's.  
A proud old Chief.  
A Comanche Warchief riding a paint pony bareback.  
Quannah Parker, Comanche War Chief (145 - 1911)


Old man standing in front of a mountain.  
A walk with Daddy


Walking with Grandfather. In the late 1800's and and early 1900's. many people were ashamed of their Native American roots.




Comanche warrior mounted


Grandfather's stories  
Hang on to your hair  
Hunter gatherer  
Comanche brave


Daddy leaving for the hunt  
A place of peace and solitude


Proud war chief  
Ready for the hunt.  
Taking a smoke break  
Buffalo hunter


Thadeas Hawk, U.S. Marshall  
Mother and daughter


Comanche medicine man around campfire


Cold winter night


Comanche maiden in the moonlight


Getting ready for the hunt  
Trail of tears


Old man wrapped in a blanket.


The cavalry has arrived.

We have all read about the savageness of the Indians. In retaliation, our forces often staged raids against the Indian villages. Often, all of the men, women and children present were killed in these raids,  done by the U.S. Army Cavalry. The raids usually happened while the able bodied warriors were away.

Age and experience matter. .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Winter coming in




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