Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    PRETTY LITTLE BIRD
    c. 1883 Pretty Little Bird (Zintkala Waste Win), later called Mary, Wife of Jumping Bull, probably Blackfeet Lakota, by D.F. Barry, at Fort Yates, D.T., May-June, 1883. Albumen cabinet card.

    In 1857, an Hunkpapa war party trapped and massacred an Assiniboin family near the mouth of the Yellowstone River. The last survivor was a twelve-year-old boy who stood alone against certain death with such bravery, clasping nothing more than a toy bow and arrows, that his life was spared and he was adopted as a son by Sitting Bull, whose own young son had died a few months before. Raised up to be a cunning warrior, initially he was called Little Assiniboin (Hohe Cik'ala), but later received the name of Sitting Bull's own father, Jumping Bull (Tatanka Psipsica). He was prominent in many of the Hunkpapas' battles during the 1860s and 1870s, including Little Bighorn, and was with his adoptive father during the Canadian exile. The fact that he lived in the band of the Blackfeet Lakota leader Crawler indicates that was the natal band of his wife.

    After the Lakota surrenders of 1880-81, Jumping Bull and his family were sent with Crawler's band to live on the Standing Rock Reservation. When Sitting Bull was allowed to rejoin the tribe in 1883, Jumping Bull's family moved to join his father at Grand River. On December 15, 1890, during the melee that occurred when Agency police attempted to arrest Sitting Bull in the middle of the night, Jumping Bull was faithful to his adoptive father to the last moment of his life. The two men were shot and died within seconds of each other just in front of Sitting Bull's log cabin. Mary Jumping Bull's teenage son Chase Wounded also died moments later. In 1892, she fled the Standing Rock Reservation in company with Sitting Bull's widows, moving to Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She died there in 1898.

    Dimensions: image 4 ½ x 6 ½ inches


    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2010
    12th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 797

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 October 12 Photographs Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    You have done a terrific job!  I am so pleased.  Thank you for your professionalism, it's been a complete pleasure dealing with you. 
    Merti, W.,
    San Francisco, CA
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,441,296
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $6,712,638
    2014 November 14 American Indian Art , Pre-Columbian, & Tribal Art Signature Auction
    2014 Nov 14 American Indian Art, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art Auction
    REALIZED $441,524
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $5,683,719
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    REALIZED $439,980
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $624,835
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    REALIZED $824,108
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,089,341
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    REALIZED $1,725,292
    2018 April 24 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 April 24 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,407,487