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Announcing a Magnificent Tribute To Those Who Founded This Great Land.
They were the first Americans … proud … strong … honorable … noble. They lived off the land and revered its animals and plants, its waters and mountains, the skies and the stars. Their lives symbolized the majesty that was and is America.
Only now, centuries after the discovery of America by European explorers, have we fully come to recognize and appreciate the power and spirit of the true Native Americans. That is why this particular tribute to the Heroic Leaders of the American Indians is so timely and important.
A Stunning Tribute
To honor the legacy of the Native Americas, we have selected the Model 94 Wrangler Carbine in caliber .30-30. This Tribute will be the focal point of any home or office. Working with craftsmen specifically commissioned by America Remembers for this project, each carbine is decorated in a combination of gleaming gold, nickel and blueing to produce a masterpiece that’s truly incredible to behold.
American Indians had their own admiration for the Winchester rifle which became a vital part of their everyday life. Rifles were used for defense and hunting. The Model 94 was the first rifle produced by Winchester that used smokeless powder. Today, the Model 94 is the oldest version of Winchester still produced by the factory. It is the grandson of the Henry Rifle and the famous 1866 Winchester which were used extensively in the West.
The Great Leaders of the American Indians
On the left-hand side of the receiver are portraits of five of the most honored and respected Indian leaders. As leaders of their people, their names are indelibly etched in American history.
The legendary Chief of the Sioux, Sitting Bull, a man dedicated to peace but forced to wage war. He typified the Plains spirit of the 19th century, bluntly challenging those who lied to him and refusing to accept substitutes for solemn treaties.
“God Almighty made me,” he told General Nelson Miles on the occasion of their first meeting. “God Almighty did not make me an agency Indian, and I’ll fight and die fighting before any man will make me an agency Indian.” Regrettably for such a noble man, his prophecy was fulfilled.
Gall of the Hunkpapa was born Pizi but called Gall from boyhood when he ate the gall of a slaughtered animal. He was a noble warrior and chief lieutenant of Sitting Bull. With Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, he led Indian attempts to thwart the construction of forts and roads through the buffalo hunting country.
Surrendering five years after the Battle of Little Big Horn, Gall was released to a South Dakota reservation where he converted to Christianity and is said to have attended the mission church service carrying his weapons and painted as if for war council.
Makhpiyaluta, or Red Cloud, is generally considered one of “the greatest Indian leaders of modern times.” A fierce warrior and brilliant tactician, he boldly fought the encroaching settlers and cavalry for years before finally being overcome by sheer force of numbers.
He is remembered as a brave warrior, a dignified counselor and a staunch advocate for the welfare of his people. He possessed a great human kindness and a spirit of understanding that was, regrettable, unmatched by those in Washington.
The military genius Chief Joseph was perhaps the most important and eloquent Native American orator ever. A leader of the Nez Perce Indians, Hinmaton Yalatkit rescued his people from oblivion by skilled leadership in a long-standing war with those encroaching on their hunting grounds.
Finally forced to surrender, he delivered a final speech judged to be among the greatest ever delivered by a military leader in history.
The Apache were nomadic warriors of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States and the last Native Americans to surrender to the will of the United States government. Their most legendary fighter was the bold and proud Geronimo.
He had the distinction of being the last Native America chief to lead his followers as a people independent of the authority of an outside government.
These five noble Americans look down form the clouds above a peaceful Indian village, their courage and deeds an ever-lasting testimony to the glory of a great people.
Right side of receiver features detailed artwork in 24-karat gold and nickel of an Indian brave on horseback and a tomahawk and peace pipe, symbols of battle and peace.
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