c. 1875
    Feathered Wolf, Southern Cheyenne, by John K. Hillers at Okmulgee, Indian Territory, May 10, 1875. Mounted on heavy paper mat with ink inscription, probably in the photographer's hand: "Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of Ethnology, J. W. Powell in Charge, 'Hach-i-vi', Hillers Photo." The Cheyenne word for a Wolf is "honehe," not even suggested in the gloss that Hillers tried to record. The Cheyenne word for "crossed feathers," meaning feathers mussed or standing askew, is "hoxaveno" (ho-cha-vee-no), see Petter, 1915:1115 & 471. The correct sense of Hillers' "Ha-cha-vi", then, is an abbreviated form of "Wolf with hair standing up like an angry bird."

    The cougar skin quiver from the preceding portrait has been exchanged for a beaded tobacco bag and magnificent pipe, the catlinite bowl of which is inlaid with lead. Feathered Wolf's leggings and moccasins are the same, but he now has a different breastplate and has lost the silver armbands and eagle feather. Compare the distinctive earrings here, and in Lot 55130.

    In the NAA collections, this portrait (#gn_00264) is misidentified as "Little Bear." In the Getty Museum collection, it has the same misidentification.

    Dimensions: image, 7 ΒΌ x 9 inches; mount, 13 x 15 inches

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