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    MRS. DUCK CHIEF AND DAUGHTERS and DUCK CHIEF
    c. 1912 Mrs. Duck Chief (center) and daughters, Siksika or North Blackfeet, by Harry Pollard, at the Siksika Reserve near Calgary, Alberta, 1912. A silver-gelatin print.

    Wife of the Head Chief, Mrs. Duck Chief has dressed her family for parading, probably during the Sun Dance ceremony. The older daughter at left wears her father's eagle feather headdress, a signal honor. It was considered dangerous for women to touch eagle feathers, so her display of the headdress denotes that her father personally placed it on her head for the occasion. Both women wear leather dresses, probably made by Mrs. Duck Chief, with the yokes elaborately covered in sinew-sewn beadwork. The dress of the younger girl is of wool cloth, probably dark blue in color, with a beaded top. Elaborately-beaded trappings on red wool drape both horses. A painted-parfleche cylinder case with long fringes hangs behind Mrs. Duck Chief's saddle. This is the protective container for the headdress worn by the older daughter. Painted-parfleche envelopes and a buffalo robe are seen on the platform of the travois. A nursing colt follows the daughter's mare, while the family dog stands in the foreground. A herd of horses is seen in the right background, with tipis on the distant horizon.

    Dimension: image 9 ½ x 7 ½ inches

    Duck Chief, Head Chief of the Siksika or North Blackfeet, by Harry Pollard, at the Siksika Reserve near Calgary, Alberta, 1912. A silver-gelatin print.

    Probably photographed on the same day as his wife and daughters, Duck Chief (1865-1948) is dressed for the "Big Riding Dance," a ceremonial procession held during the Sun Dance ceremony. This is indicated by the eagle feathers tied into his horse's tail, and the feather-decorated stick suspended from the horse's bit, a protective war talisman only displayed for that ceremony. The horse's beaded collar is another indication of a parade occasion. Duck Chief's painted shield is also on display, its protective cover removed. His eagle feather headdress and elaborately-beaded shirt and leggings are profusely hung with tubes of ermine skin, an indication of high status. His long, ceremonial "lance" is decorated with spiral-wrapped beadwork and a banner of red-wool cloth hung with eagle feathers. A rifle in a beaded-leather case lies across the front of his saddle. A wool blanket with large, beaded strip covers the seat of his saddle and drapes the horse's rump.

    Dimension: image 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches


    Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000.

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    June, 2010
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