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Hand-Painted Henry .45-70 Charity Auction

100% of the Proceeds Donated to Hunters of Color

November 25, 2022

A hand holding up a rifle with a painted design on the wood.

The auction starts today, November 25th, on Native American Heritage Day and ends on Friday, December 9th.

On this Native American Heritage Day, Henry Repeating Arms is pleased to present a Guns For Great Causes charitable auction for a one-of-kind handpainted Brass Lever Action .45-70 to benefit the Hunters of Color organization.

The funds raised from the auction will supplement Hunters of Color’s mission of fostering a more equitable and inclusive community for all hunters of color by dismantling barriers to entry through educational opportunities, mentorship, and providing educational resources. Hunters of Color is the only nationwide 501(c)(3) nonprofit led by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), for BIPOC. Founded in 2020, the organization aims to inspire the next generation of hunter-conservationists, reclaim ancestral heritages, preserve hunting traditions, challenge stereotypes, and conserve the land around them.

A man smiling holding a painted rifle in his arms with a forest in the background.

The artist, Joshua Hood-Marvin

The rifle is a functional work of art chambered in .45-70 Gov’t with genuine American walnut furniture handpainted by Joshua Hood-Marvin, an artist, hunter, and bow maker of the Klamath-Modoc and Pascua Yaqui tribes. He’s also the indigenous programs and outreach manager for Hunters of Color. Much of the design is inspired by being out on the land. He describes his style as very modern while still honoring tradition. Nature and wildlife is the prominent theme throughout the rifle’s design, and it’s also packed with indigenous symbolism for balance, the four seasons, inclusion, and the artist’s own views and experiences. The artwork is featured on the rifle’s left and right sides.

A person painting a rifle that's laying down on a bearskin hide on a table.

“Hunting is a traditional skill that all of our people have done. And that’s a beautiful thing. This organization is about creating safe access for people who have experienced racism in any fashion, especially in the outdoors,” said Joshua. “That’s where we tend to get it the most, so it’s empowering to work with a group of people who just want to see more people be able to provide for themselves and their families and to learn a skill that’s been done for thousands of years.”

Man in a handmade leather coat holding a rifle over his shoulder looking away from the camera.

The auction starts today, November 25th, on Native American Heritage Day and ends on Friday, December 9th.

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