Henry Raschen was one of the first painters in San Francisco to make the depiction of Native Americans his main artistic focus. His paintings of Indians, such as the present work, reveal a sensitivity and accuracy of subject unique to the artist.
Raschen grew up in San Francisco and received his artistic training in Munich. His interest in painting Native American subjects began on frequent trips he made to Northern California with the German landscape painter Carl von Perbandt (1832-1911) in the 1880s. While von Perbandt focused on the landscape, Raschen turned to the local Pomo Indians and painted them with "a painterly realist style, devoid of romanticism." (W. Gerdts, Art Across America: The Plains States and the West, New York, 1990, p. 261)
Around the same time, Raschen volunteered as a sketch artist for the army during their extended pursuit of Geronimo. Raschen sketched and painted the leader several times when he was finally captured in 1886 and again after he was transferred to prison at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.