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    Cabinet Card - Studio portrait of the Hunkpapa Chief Rain In the Face
    Circa 1885
    Length 6 1/2 in. Width 4 1/4 in.

    Rain In the Face is wearing a split horn bonnet decorated with ermine skin and having an eagle feather trailer. He has a fringed hide jacket and is holding a stone head war club. The headdress and club were studio props. Barry posed Sitting Bull wearing these same objects (Lot 48202). It was alleged that Rain In the Face killed Thomas Custer during the Battle of the Little Bighorn and mutilated his body. This myth was then popularized by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in "The Revenge of Rain In the Face". However, in an interview with the noted Santee Sioux physician and writer, Dr. Charles Eastman, Rain In the Face stated: "Many lies have been told of me. Some say that I killed the Chief (George Armstrong Custer), and others that I cut out the heart of his brother (Tom Custer) because he had caused me to be imprisoned. Why, in that fight the excitement was so great that we scarcely recognized our nearest friends! Everything was done like lightning. After the battle we young men were chasing horses all over the prairie, while the old men and women plundered the bodies." Photograph by D. F. Barry with his studio imprint on the front of the card. Reverse side is blank. Excellent condition and tone.

    Eastman, Charles A., Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1991, p. 150.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2006
    29th Friday
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