In the day of the great Rocky Mountain fur trade, most trappers experienced Native American horse raids. With the vastness of the American west, the mustang soon became every man’s most valuable asset. Characters like Jim Bridger, John Colter, Kit Carson, and Hugh Glass trusted their lives on the back of a horse. To be left afoot was their greatest fear.
To the Native tribes of the Rocky Mountains, the horse meant wealth. The more horses a warrior owned, the higher he ranked in the tribes social order. From boyhood a warrior would be trained to go on horse raids and become the best at their trade. Many mountain men would wake up to empty camps. Horses, beaver pelts, and his trusty equipment would be gone.
This sculpture depicts one such story when Bridger, Carson and several free trappers were left high and dry only to find the tracks the Blackfoot warriors left behind.