Martha Jane Canary’s adventurous life was a tragedy really, of circumstances thrust upon her. Orphaned as a youth and left to fend for herself, she became known as an American frontierswoman and professional scout. Late in her life, she appeared in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. She’s known for having had a lot of compassion for others, especially the sick and needy, and this, contrasted with her daredevil ways, helped make her famous. My favorite quote attributed to her (and reason number one for why I sculpted her): "I figure, if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one."