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Chief Joseph, Nez Perces.  "1879"

Full-length portrait of In Mut Too Yah Lat Lat or Chief Joseph standing against a studio backdrop. He wears a his hair in two braids with a strand of beads on the right side. He wears multiple strands of necklaces, a striped blanket-coat, beaded leggings, and keyhold-design beaded mocassins. Over his left arm he holds a striped blanket. The cord across his chest holds the coyote skin hanging on his right side, indicating honorable service as scout for a war party.

Courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian

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14 x 18.5 in.


American Indians, Native Americans, Nimi'ipuu (Nez Perce), North America, Plateau, Plateau (no sub-culture area)


Washington, DC


District of Columbia



Collection History:

Charles M. Bell began his career as a professional photographer in his family's studio in 1860. By 1873, he had opened his own studio in Washington, DC, and, until 1909, spent much of his time photographing members of Native delegations visiting the U.S. Capitol and similar work for the Department of the Interior and the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of American Ethnology. No other collection history information available.

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