Feathered Wolf, Southern Cheyenne, by John K. Hillers at Okmulgee, Indian Territory, May 10, 1875. Mounted on heavy paper mat, with pencil inscription, "Yellow Bear, Hiller."
Feathered Wolf wears wool broadcloth leggings and beaded moccasins. An eagle feather is inserted into his scalplock. His multiple earrings have suspensions of brass chain and shell hairpipes. The 3-panel breastplate is made of 4-inch hairpipes, probably also made of conch shell. Feathered Wolf leans on his long bow of Osage orange wood, with a bowstring of twisted sinew. His quiver and bowcase are made of cougar skin. The lion's tail is attached as a pendant at the mouth of the quiver, with a backing of red wool cloth edged with seed beadwork in a zigzag, lightning design. The panel of striped canvas seen below the quiver was both decorative and intended to absorb perspiration from the archer's mount when carried on horseback, helping to protect the leather from moisture.
Here, the man is misidentified as "Yellow Bear," actually the Arapaho leader shown in Lot 55133. The same image in the National Anthropological Archives (NAA #gn_00265a) is misidentified as "Little Bear," the Southern Cheyenne chief. In the University of Pennsylvania collection, the same portrait is misidentified as "Apache" (AD2000-1145).
Dimensions: image, 5 ½ x 7 ½ inches; mount, 10 x 12 inches
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