I see a lot of influence from the Apache Gaan dancers. (the pointed moccasins, the hood, and the wooden mantle) The shield and spear are indicative of any number of plains tribes, from the Lakota to the Kiowa, to Commanche and Kansa. The pauldrons, while having a fantasy aspect, are actually reminiscent of cedar-bark weavings from the pacific northwest, or perhaps willow slats from the northern plains. Something like that, reinforced with a rawhide covering, would be completely within the scope of Native warriors, and damn strong too, though no records of that kind of armor exist, at least not to my knowledge. Still, I like this! (I'm not gonna harp on you for historical accuracy, since it's clear you've done research)
The only kinda off thing I see is why in the world would you bring a baby with you when you're all decked out to bust skulls? Leave the young'un at home!
Thanks for the response! I am far from being knowledgeable of Native American culture and you definitely picked up on some of the references I was using (particularly the north west bark reference).
In regard to the babys, the story in my head was a pseudo fantasy-western, so there are a lot of supernatural elements involved and they are sort off key to harnessing that power. One of these days, I'd really love to flesh out the story and do more art for it...
I'm no expert myself, but having native blood, I try to make sure that my ancestors aren't misrepresented. Most people will just slap fringe and feathers on a character and call it "Indian" which just annoys me to no end. There were at one time 500 native nations in the Americas, all unique and with their own culture. So for someone to care enough to do their research, that means a lot. The idea of a warrior mystic is a bit overdone in fiction, to the point where it's almost a stereotype, but in the realm of D&D, hell, -everyone- is some sort of warrior or magic user, so I'll let it slide.
I hear ya! It was actually really hard to find a comprehensive book about various Native American tribes (at least one with good pictures), but I got lucky at a local used bookstore. I mean, this was meant as a "mood" painting more than anything, I had a limited amount of time to research and throw something together. And in regard to your other comment, you are correct that various tribes have banded together, though I did this quite some time ago and can't really remember who was who other than the obvious Gaan dancer influence...
Well, it would make sense that the tribes would borrow practical aspects from different people. Heck, they picked up rifles and stuff pretty quick from white folks right? Spiritual stuff they don't let go of though. So it would make sense that this guy is Apache in ancestry, and just adopted weapons and armor to fit his purpose. Still there are tribes that to this day do NOT like each other that much, because of wars and rivalries in the past. Crow vs Sioux is one (Custer used Crow scouts). Pueblo vs Navajo is another(Navajo raided Pueblo villages). If you ever fleshed out the world, that may be something to play with.