Looks like this fellow is ready for a shoot-out! Hands at the ready, hovering near his two holstered pistols, gaze stern and focused, he seems to be facing off a villain. Or is he one? Despite his realistically large rodeo championship buckle, fancy vest, gloves and leather chaps, he might be the bad guy that the Lone Ranger is pointing his gun at. (See elsewhere on this page.)
Delbert Buck, a foremost Navajo folk artist, continues the tradition of creating pieces based on a bemused look at the world around him. The details are wonderful: notice the raised toes of the “tooled” boots, the matching decorations on shirt, vest, gloves and holsters, and the subtle touch of the hat’s color. Natives almost always wear black hats; the Lone Ranger’s is white, as is traditional, but this guy’s is Stetson tan. We are free to decide his story: rodeo champion gone bad, or regular guy facing danger?
Another delightfully colorful and intriguing figure from this fine folk artist.