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"The backdrop for the painting is near a natural pass in what is now referred to as the Gravelly Range of mountains just west of the Madison River in southwest Montana.  I visited the area for a few days this summer and was struck by the beauty of the place.

The painting shows a small party of Apsaalooke, or Crow, as they travel through that country.  The party leader, or Pipe-Carrier, was responsible for the party’s actions as well as their well-being.  They were only there because they had honored his request to join him on this mission.  He has already directed some of the party to proceed down into the valley, and now explains his strategies to two of his closest companions, who will serve him as scouts, or “wolves”, and who will travel separately from the main party to check for any possible enemies or circumstances that could be detrimental to their party’s journey. " Martin Grelle, 2014