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    CHASE IN THE MORNING and MEDICINE CLOUD
    c. 1899 Chase in the Morning (Anpao Wakuwa), Oglala Lakota, by Frank A. Rinehart, at Pine Ridge, S.D., 1899 (copyrighted in 1900). Title and date are hand lettered in the negative. A silver-gelatin print mounted on board.

    A younger brother of Black Whiteman, one of the warriors killed during the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Chase in the Morning was too young to take part in the fighting. Like his famous cousin Black Elk, however, afterward Chase in the Morning wandered the battlefield with young comrades, shooting arrows into the stripped bodies of the dead soldiers who had helped to kill his brother. Here, in his early-thirties, Chase in the Morning is posed bare-chested with a shield draping his torso. The leather cover is embroidered in concentric circles of porcupine quillwork accented with tufts of red-wool yarn, and hung with eagle feathers. A bow in a black cowskin case hangs on his back. The ornament tied into his hair, a cross on an open circle emblematic of protection in the "four directions", is wrapped with dyed porcupine quills and hung with hawk feathers.

    Dimensions: image 7 ¼ x 9 ¼ inches

    Medicine Cloud (Mahpiya Wakan), Oglala Lakota, by Frank A. Rinehart, at Pine Ridge, S.D., 1899 (copyrighted in 1900). Title and date are hand lettered in the negative. A silver-gelatin print mounted on board,

    A handsome young man, Medicine Cloud has been posed in an eagle-feather headdress belonging to an older relative. A colorful Pendleton blanket drapes his shoulders. The necklace was probably a prop provided by Muhr---drilled cowrie shells alternating with glass tube beads, more typical of some of the Prairie Indians who had been photographed the previous year.

    Dimensions: image 7 x 8 ¾ inches

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


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