CUSTER’S LAST STAND
FROM WARRIORS INTO WIMPS
The Real Americans
A peace agreement was in vogue between the Sioux of Dakota and the American Government. Then Gold was discovered in Dakota and prospectors flocked the Indian reservations for mining of gold. The Indian resented that. General Custer marched with the Seventh Cavalry and 700 men, with arrogant pride in his GATLING GUNS (the latest weapon of mass destruction then). The Indians were considered nobodies with their bows and arrows. Custer mocked the army of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. The battle took place at Little Big Horn. But history shows that a proud nation can do wonders, if humiliated in any such way. On 25th June, 1876, the Americans came face to face with the wrath of the Red Indians under Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. The result the entire Seventh Cavalry was massacred that day, along with General Custer himself. This legend has led to one of the greatest myths in American history in reverse. Strength can conquer resolve.
A wise saying goes that ‘Nations that do not learn from their history, are bound to relive it’. Certainly there were groups who resented the wiping of the American Indians and from making those warriors into wimps, but the majority painted the Indians in a bad way. In a few decades, all the Indians could do was their Pow Wow dance. Always considered savage and uncivilized, no body paid them any attention. It became a full time game in America, Cowboys and Indians, with Cowboys shooting down Indians all the time. Missionaries trying to convert the Indians into their own image. The Indians lost their identity, their religion, their pride in existence. Today it is not possible to trace out a full bloodied Indian.
This scenario we see the Americans repeat again and again. Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Iraq, Libya and the latest in Afghanistan. The awe of destruction, the majesty of latest armor, the spectacle of gunship helicopters, high tech drones, and what not? Games people play, and the Americans play the most spectacular games in the world, using not props, but real people in the real world.
Ms Rose Stone was a Peace maker, a full blooded American lady, who fought for peace in the world. She went to each country in the world, and let the leading painter design a Peace Card for her project. M.A. Rahman Chughtai obliged her with a work for this PEACE SERIES (more of that later). She did in the world what no American government could do. Today the same is being done by groups like the WHOLE NINE, which includes the founder, artist Lisa Schultz. Best of luck to these Americans who dream Peace in the world! We are with them. They are the American conscience. They bring harmony to Planet Earth.