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Studio portrait of delegates; from L: Little Wolf or Little Coyote, and Dull Knife or Morning Star. Little Wolf wears a large silver cross with crescent drops, a fringed hide shirt trimmed with beadwork and locks of hair, an otter-skin turban with silver crosses and circles, and his lower body is wrapped in a trade blanket. Morning Star wears a fringed hide shirt, a bone hairpipe necklace, beaded leggings and moccasins, a buffalo hide robe around his waist, and he holds a long-stemmed pipe and beaded pipe bag. They pose in front of a curtain backdrop.

Courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian

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5 x 7 in.


American Indians, Central Plains, Native Americans, North America, Northern Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Cheyenne), Plains, Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Cheyenne)


Washington, DC


District of Columbia



Collection History:

Alexander Gardner emigrated to the US in 1856 and began work with photographer Mathew Brady, eventually managing Brady's Washington, DC studio through 1862. In 1872, the Office of Indian Affairs contracted Gardner to photograph the American Indian delegates to Washington, D.C. These images, representing nineteen tribes, were then compiled by English collector William Henry Blackmore into ten albums and exhibited at the Smithsonian. The original negatives were eventually transferred to the Bureau of American Ethnology and then the Smithsonian Institution. William Henry Jackson was a photographer for Dr. Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden's United States Geographical and Geological Surveys in the 1870s. In addition to these survey photographs, Jackson was also active in photographing Indian delegations travelling to Washington, DC. He was hired by the Bureau of American Ethnology to catalog the thousands of photographs in their collection, and in the process inadvertently received credit as the photographer for many images he did not actually create. No other collection history information available.

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