c. 1899 Bell Rock (Biita wuash), Crow, by Frank A. Rinehart, at Pryor, Montana, 1899 (copyrighted in 1900). Title and date are hand lettered in the negative, with the identity given incorrectly as "Bill Rock." A silver-gelatin print mounted on board.

    One of the most-celebrated war leaders of his generation, Bell Rock missed being the tribal Head Chief only because his cousin Plenty Coups exceeded his distinguished record in a single category. His unusual name refers to one of the "singing rocks" which were carried in beaded covers and believed to impart powerful dreams giving success in war. Posed at a Tobacco Society Adoption Dance on the Crow Reservation, the painted hand prints on his naked shoulders indicate that he had so touched an armed enemy in hand-to-hand combat---one of the requirements for chieftainship. Many of the eagle feathers in his headdress have been dyed red, indicative of his many battle wounds. Brass hawk bells are laced above the beaded browband. The stuffed skin of a small bird, undoubtedly of personal, visionary significance, is tied to the front.

    Dimensions: image 7 ¼ x 9 ¼ inches

    Pea-Twy-Tuck, Sac and Fox, by Frank A. Rinehart, at Omaha, Nebraska, 1898. Title and date are hand lettered in the negative. A silver-gelatin print mounted on board.

    A roach headdress is tied into the man's hair, topped with a golden eagle tail feather decorated with a strip of rawhide wrapped in horsehair and porcupine quills. Brass chains and round buttons from shoes of the period accent the ends of the beaded strips crossing the shoulders of his wool shirt. This portrait appeared as a plate in George Bird Grinnell's The Indians of Today (N.Y.: Duffield & Company, 1915).

    Dimensions: image 7 ¼ x 9 inches

    For more information on this photograph, please read The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, in Omaha, Nebraska, June 1 - October 31, 1898.

    Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000.

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