Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Richard V. Greeves Sculptures Unveiled at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Two monumental sculptures were unveiled at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center during the annual Patrons Ball weekend, September 22, 2000. They are the 10' 6" sculpture Washakie, Chief of the Shoshone and the nine-feet tall Crazy Horse by Richard V. Greeves.
The sculptures were a gift of Mike and Kris Kammerer and the Code of the West Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Present for the unveiling in Cody, Mike Kammerer, founder, said, "The Code of the West Foundation promotes a set of common sense western values: working for what you get, helping your neighbors, taking care of your family and having your handshake and word be your bond. Kris and I believe Chief Washakie and Chief Crazy Horse were exemplary models of that code and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center is the perfect home for their likenesses." (left: Crazy Horse, 108 x 44 x 24 inches, standing in the Braun Garden, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY)
Historical Center Executive Director B. Bryon Price stated, "We are very grateful to Mike and Kris Kammerer for thinking of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center as the appropriate venue to host these two magnificent monuments. They become the second and third in our collection of monumental Richard V. Greeves sculptures, joining his The Unknown. They are also indicative of our commitment to important monumental sculpture in the West."
Historical Center Chairman of the Board of Trustees and former U. S. Senator Alan K. Simpson introduced the Kammerer's at the unveiling saying, "It is wonderful people like Mike and Kris who are so vital to the growth, health and reputation of this wonderful institution. We know how lucky we are to be able to count them as friends." (left: Washakie, Chief of the Shoshone, 10 feet 6 inches x 3 feet x 9 feet, standing in the Joe Robbie Powwow Garden, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY)
Making his home for many years on the Wind River Reservation among the Arapaho and Shoshone Indians in Fort Washakie, Wyoming, sculptor Richard V. Greeves looks to Crazy Horse and Chief Washakie as true heroes. Greeves said, "Crazy Horse is an American hero. He did not fight for the American flag, but he did lay down his life for the land we call America."
The artist is self-taught and began his career as a painter before turning to sculpture. Writer Win Blevins said of Greeves, "He just came where he wanted to be, and painted and sculpted what he saw and wanted to help us see."
At the same ceremony, Greeves and art collector John Geraghty presented Mike and Kris Kammerer with the artist's study of Crazy Horse. Geraghty said, "In recognition of their generous spirit and interest in the American West, Richard and I believe they need to have the artist's study by which to remember the sculpture."
Washakie, Chief of the Shoshone rests in the Joe Robbie powwow Gardens and Crazy Horse stands in the Braun Garden, adjacent to the newly renovated Plains Indian Museum at the Historical Center, Byron Price added, "We placed Crazy Horse near the entrance of the Plains Indian Museum, in a prominent location, by design."
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