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Studio portrait of delegation of Hidatsa, Sioux, and Arikara. Seated, left to right: Cheshakhadakhi or Lean Wolf (Hidatsa); Rushing Bear (Arikara); Chief John Grass or Charging Bear, (Sihasapa Lakota); Matanonpa (Yanktonnai); Nasuna Tanka or Big Head (Yanktonnai). Back row, left to right: three unidentified men (interpreters and agents?); Chief Thunder Hawk (Hunkpapa Lakota). The men wear European-style suits, boots or moccasins, and some hold objects such as fans or walking sticks in their hands.

Courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian

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14.25 x 17.75 in.


American Indians, Central Plains, Lakota (Teton/Western Sioux), Minitari (Hidatsa), Nakota (Yankton Sioux), Native Americans, Non-Indian, North America, Northern Plains, Plains, Sahnish (Arikara), Sihasapa Lakota (Blackfoot Sioux), Yanktonnai Nakota


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 available.

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