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    KILL BEAR and FRECKLED FACE
    c. 1898 Kill Bear (Mato Wicakte), Oglala Lakota, by Frank A. Rinehart, at Omaha, Nebraska, 1898. Title is hand lettered in the negative and also appears as typed label pasted verso. A silver-gelatin print mounted on board.

    Kill Bear's father of the same name was a signatory of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, in the band of Chief American Horse. Here, the photographer has hung a Lakota, beaded saddle-drape over the man's right forearm, and an Ojibwa loom-woven bandolier around his neck. A pipe-tomahawk is held in his left hand.

    Dimensions: image 7 x 9 inches

    Freckled Face, Southern Arapaho, by Frank A. Rinehart, at Omaha, Nebraska, 1898. Title and date are hand lettered in the negative and also appear as pencil inscription, verso. A silver-gelatin print mounted on board.

    Her dress, almost certainly made of red wool cloth, is extravagantly hung with the expensive eye-teeth of elk, the "pearls" of Plains Indian society. In addition to the intrinsic beauty of their ivory-yellow color, these are an announcement to any hunter that her husband is a man of surpassing skill, for each elk had only two such teeth. This dress, hung with close to 500 teeth, represents the successful taking of well over 200 animals, with an associated larder of more than fifty tons of provender. Her necklace is made of bone hairpipes strung between leather spacers, worn together with a choker of glass tube beads and brass or silver, cruciform earrings.

    Dimensions: image 7 ¼ x 9 ¼ 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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