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    GANNAWAY'S COMANCHE PORTRAITS
    c. 1865 Both have the Gannaway back-stamp, one simply at "Fort Smith, Ark," the other at "No. 140 Garrison Ave." Identifications in blue pencil, later copied in ink, as above.

    1. Unidentified Comanche Chief and Interpreter.

    Both men wear Euro-American clothing, including leather brogans. The Comanche's long hair has been carefully washed and combed.

    2. Black Star, Comanche. No other historic reference to this man has been found.

    His strong, long-fingered hands crossed in his lap, this handsome man stares directly into the lens as if reading the future. The hair style---short on the right and long on the left---is seen in other Comanche men later photographed by Will Soule. Strips of otter fur wrap the longer side. His earrings and the four-panel breastplate are made of conch shell hairpipe cut in half, then laced between strap-leather spacers. This trade material, made by a Connecticut factory, was supplied to the Comanche by Philip McCusker, trader for the James R. Mead trading post, located at the Wichita village.

    Provenance:
    Collected by the current owner's ancestor, John W. Trapp.

    Dimensions: each image 2 ¼ x 3 ¾ inches

    For more information on this photograph, please read Burrell Z. Gannaway- Earliest Photographs of Plains Indian People.


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