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    PLAINS AND GREAT LAKES INDIANS, TEN PHOTOS

    c. 1885 - 1920
    (1) Low Cedar, (Hante Kucela), Oglala, 1908. Silver gelatin print, signed in the negative at lower left by J.A. Johnson. Similar dress to the frontal portrait in another lot photo.

    (2) "Red-skins & Cowboys," 1889. Albumen stereograph on tan mount with imprint of Underwood & Underwood, Baltimore, Md. Photo by William Rau (uncredited). Performers with Buffalo Bill's Wild West, probably photographed at Philadelphia, where Rau's studio was located. A human scalp is tied to the bit of the horse in the foreground.

    (3) Sitting Woman, Crow, (Apsaalooke), c. 1885. Albumen cabinet card 4 ¼ x 6 ½ inches, with imprint of D.F. Barry, West Superior, Wis. Title on pasted label below image. Engraved bust portrait of Hunkpapa Lakota chief Gall, verso. Sitting Woman was a noted war chief.

    (4) Sarcee (?) Men, c. 1895. Silver gelatin print mounted on board, photographer unknown. The two young men share a horse while looking for some entertainment. Note the ancient Plains Indian expedient of a rope bridle rein merely looped over the horse's lower jaw. Indian horsemen had been riding this way since the 17th century. The older man holds a decorative hat rack which he has fashioned out of scavenged buffalo horns, for sale to White tourists or a local shop owner, in the hope of earning a small amount of money. Charles M. Russell created a well-known bronze sculpture showing nearly this exact figure.

    (5) "Yellow Bird's Tipi," Stoney (Canadian Assiniboine), 1910. Silver gelatin image printed in post card format, verso, titled and signed in the negative at bottom of image by A. Rafton-Canning, Lethbridge, Alta. A family of seven---at least two adult men are temporarily absent---sits before their home. Note the barren plain and the minimal supply of firewood for the evening's meal and interior heating. A lone horse scavenges grass blades in the background. Drying tipi poles, brought from a long distance, are stacked against a small log cabin at the right. Also note the very long legs of the young puppy at left. Taller animals made stronger travois dogs, for hauling both tipi covers and personal possessions.

    (6) Performers' Village, 101 Ranch Wild West Show, c. 1920. Silver gelatin print in post card format. Many of the performers with the 101 Ranch show were Kiowa. Here, the show's buffalo bull mascot is chained to the ground.

    (7) "Beadwork and Conversation," c. 1935. Silver gelatin print in post card format, signed in negative at upper left: "J. M. Colby, Wausau, Wis." Three Ojibwa women sit on the ground engaged in making loom beadwork Two wear fully-beaded Ojibwa bandoliers. A tiny child learns to string her own necklace at left.

    (8) "A Chippewa Babe," c. 1920. Silver gelatin print in post card format, signed in the negative at lower right: "Bemis Photo;" and the title with "Greetings from Birchwood, Wis." At bottom. A small girl is seated inside a birchbark dish . Her family's summer tent is pitched behind her.

    (9) Wheelock Indian Band, c. 1915. Photo offset print in post card format, photographer unknown. Inset portrait at upper left of Dennison Wheelock, an Oneida who for many years was musical instructor at the Carlisle Indian School, Carlisle, Penn. Later, he toured with his own band of Carlisle graduates.

    (10) Paiute Family, 1907. Silver gelatin print mounted on board, signed in the negative at lower right by A.E. Holt; title lettered in negative at bottom of image: "Some of Rhyolite's first inhabitants." Rhyolite, Nevada, now a ghost town, is located east of Death Valley, near the present community of Beatty. The area is a traditional homeland of southern Paiute bands.This is a remarkably clear photograph in immaculate condition.

    Dimensions: ranging from 3 1/2 x 51/2 inches to 5 x 7 inches


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