Custer's Last Thought
Published on Fri 30 July 1999
The curator of a Western art museum commissioned a local artist to paint a mural-sized painting of Custer's last thought. The artist was told to make it highly symbolic of Custer's mindset during the debacle at Little Big Horn.
Deep in thought, the artist went to her studio. After many false starts, she proceeded to paint an enormous oil painting. Finally, after many months of work, the painting was unveiled for the curator. In the foreground, was a beautiful crystalline blue lake with a single fish leaping. Around the fish's head was a halo. In the background, the hills and meadows were covered with naked Native American couples copulating.
The curator was both disgusted and baffled by what he saw. In a rage he turned to the artist and asked, "What the hell has this got to do with Custer's last thought?"
The artist replied, "Custer's last thought had to have been: 'Holy Mackerel! Where did all these fucking Indians come from?'"