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    SITTING BEAR and HORSE BACK
    c. 1868 Sitting Bear (Set-angia), called Satanka, by W. S. Soule, Fort Sill, I.T., 1868. Ink inscription, verso, in Soule's hand: "Satank, Kiowa Chief." Albumen cabinet card.

    A distinguished shaman, war leader of the elite Koitsenko military society, and civil chief, Sitting Bear (1800-1871) tried to accommodate U.S. government demands upon the Kiowa. After cowboys in Texas killed his favorite son in 1870, however, Sitting Bear led a revenge raid in which seven Texas teamsters were killed. Arrested at Fort Sill and ordered to trial for murder, he was placed in a wagon for transport to Jacksboro, Texas. As the wagon rumbled away from the post, Kiowa witnesses heard the chief sing the death song of the Koitsenko society. Although manacled, and seventy-one years of age, he attacked the driver with a concealed knife and was shot to death. He is buried at Fort Sill, his life an enduring legend among his people. Soule's portrait, showing the chief wrapped in a simple buffalo robe, is the only known photo of him.

    Dimensions: image 4 x 5 ½ inches

    Horse Back (Tir-ha-yah-gua-hip), Noconi Comanche Head Chief, by W.S. Soule, Fort Sill, I.T., 1868. Title appears as ink inscription, verso, in Soule's hand. Albumen cabinet card.

    Named in his youth for remarkable agility when mounted, Horse Back was the last, traditionally-elected Head Chief of the Comanche tribe. He signed the Medicine Lodge Treaty in 1867, and led his people through the first, difficult decade of reservation living. The chief, his hair cropped short in mourning for a relative, wears a long-sleeved, calico shirt, a black wool vest and a silk scarf with a large, nickel-silver hairplate adapted as a kerchief slide. The black-striped, wool blanket probably was red in color. Across his lap lies a bowcase & quiver with an attached strike-a-lite bag.

    Dimensions: image 4 x 5 ½ inches


    Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500.

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    June, 2010
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