Cherokee 1/9 bust from
Stormtroopers sculpted by Carl Reid
Submitted by Al LaFleche
Cherokee people were the southernmost Iroquoians, living
in the lower Appalachians to Tennessee. Their culture
included both hunting and agriculture and early on
adopted log cabins from the European settlers. They
sided mostly with the French in the French and Indian
War and with the British during the Revolution. By the
mid 19th century, they were being displaced
and their forced exile to “Indian Territory” became
known as the Trail of Tears, during as much of a quarter
of their population perished.
bust from the gifted hands of Carl Reid represents a
generic member of the tribe. He is clothed in a trade
shirt. He carries a blanket and pipe and has both a
gorget and wampum belt around his neck. He has split
earlobes and a partially shaved head and a feather
decoration is attached to his hair. The figure looks a
great deal like the cover art work on Robert Griffing’s
first book. I could find no distinctive dress or other
decoration points to differentiate this figure from many
of the Eastern Woodland tribes. He could be made to
represent any of them. The only point might be if the
figure were wearing a ceremonial gustoweh where the
pattern of feathers would indicate his tribe.
kit is well packed in a two piece cardboard box. The
smaller parts are in two zip lock bags further contained
in a bubble wrap bag. . One contains the right hand,
pipe stem, ear decorations and feathers. The other holds
the blanket end, both arms and bag. There is an painting
“guide” that essentially says the painter may choose any
colors he/she desires as there was no standard.
feathers are a single casting representing 8 long
feathers and a grouping of short feathers for the top.
The part is protected by a couple small pieces of
Styrofoam. The inclusion of the smaller feathers is a
nice touch, since many images of the Woodland people
show this but it is rarely included in a kit. There are
small pour plugs on a few of the feathers at the end
making clean up easy. The two ear decorations each
include a pendant. Again, small pour plugs are well
located for easy removal. Both hands show nice vein
detail on the backs.
main portion of the bust shows no seams, but both arms
have small seams on the inside. There is a seam on the
blanket between the pour plugs. There is a bit of excess
resin between the middle and ring finger of the left
hand (holding the pipe bowl.) None of these should
present any problem in correcting.
fitting shows a good fit for all parts.
appears to be a really good bust and the open ended
painting scheme will make for interesting displays on
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