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    SIX PHOTOGRAPHS OF NATIVE MEN
    c. 1858 - 1872
    Six prints, each mounted on heavy paper mat and imprinted: "Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories, Prof. F.V. Hayden in charge." Each also bears the name of W.H. Jackson below the image, though only one was actually made by him.

    1) Sits in the Middle of the Land (Kam-ne-but-se), also called Blackfeet Man, Head Chief of the Mountain Crow. Photo by William H. Jackson at Fort Parker, Montana Territory, 1871. Compare Nat. Anthro. Archives #gn_03378a. This is typical, "everyday" hot weather dress. His striped breech cloth was characteristic for the Crow. The ornate tomahawk is of an unusual and deadly design. Fort Parker, known as the First Crow Agency, following the Treaty of 1868, was located near present Livingston, Montana, near the Yellowstone River. The split-log buildings and pallisades were burned during a massive attack by a Sioux war party numbering more than a thousand men, Oct. 30, 1872.

    2) Standing Buffalo (Tatanka Najin), Sisseton Dakota, 1833-1871. Photo by Joel E..Whitney, St. Paul, Minn., 1858. Compare Minn Hist. Soc. #E91.1S.r6. Eagle feathers, several painted red to signify battle wounds, rise from his headband of ermine fur. Ermine tails and the bright yellow tails of flickers, a species of woodpecker, hang at the sides. Traditional leader of the Sisseton near Big Stone Lake, Minnesota, Standing Buffalo's band were on the Coteau de Prairies of eastern South Dakota hunting buffalo when the Dakota War of 1862 was begun by other Dakota bands under Little Crow. Caught up in the conflict although he opposed the war, Standing Buffalo took his people back to the Coteau. There they were attacked by Minnesota Territorial troops in the Battle of Big Mound in 1863. Thence retreating into southern Manitoba, the Sisseton were struck by smallpox in 1867. Standing Buffalo's parents, his youngest wife and several of their children died. The Sisseton then fled into eastern Montana. There, despondent, on June 5, 1871, Standing Buffalo chose a traditional warrior's death, riding alone and unarmed against a war party of Assiniboin and Gros Ventre, who shot him down (New York Times, Aug. 4, 1871).

    3) Lost Medicine (Wakan Tanin Sni), Hunkpapa Lakota. Photo by Alexander M. Gardner, Washington, D.C., 1872. Compare Nat. Anthro. Archives #gn_03188a & b. An 1812-model Dragoon saber is held in his left hand, together with a beaded tobacco bag. His jewelry includes a bracelet and several rings of brass; and a choker-breastplate made of 6-inch, conch-shell hairpipes. Strips of plaited otter fur wrap his hair. Three golden eagle feathers stand in his scalplock. Two are tipped with horsehair dyed either red or yellow.

    4) Che-ko-skuk, Sauk, by Antonin Zeno Shindler, Washington, D.C., 1868. Compare Nat. Anthro. Archives #gn_00690c. Elaborately dressed, he wears an otter fur turban decorated with a beaded, 5-point star. His necklace is of grizzly bear claws on a core of wrapped otter fur. A presentation pipe-tomahawk and beaded tobacco bag are held in his left hand. His beaded, leather front-seam leggings are overlaid with decorated garters; and his moccasins, like the other beadwork, are in the multi-colored, abstract-floral motifs characteristic of the Sauk.

    5) Shoshone men by Charles Roscoe Savage, Salt Lake City, Utah, c. 1867. Compare Nat. Anthro Archives #gn_01702. The seated man wears a shirt of muslin cloth, with red-dyed panels of fringe inset at the shoulders. He wears a heavy choker of glass beads and holds an arrow. The bare-footed boy has stripped hawk or owl feathers standing in his hair.

    6) Talks a Lot (Iyapi Ota), called "Gassy," Brule Lakota. Photo by Alexander M. Gardner, Washington, D.C., 1872. Compare Nat. Anthro. Archives #gn_03128a. He is wearing a white shirt and black wool vest; with a choker made of dentalium shells, over a striped, silk scarf. A Chinese-style, paper fan, is held in his hands. A single eagle feather stands in his hair.

    Dimensions: images, 5 ¼ x 7 ¼ inches each; mounts, 11 x 14 inches each




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