Various: [circa 1880s to early 1900s]. Five thick card album leaves measuring 10” x 8” with 23 black and white photographs adhesive mounted. Seven measure 4½” x 6½ ” or larger, the rest are around 4½” x 3½”, all are captioned. Leaves very good with moderate wear and scattered instances of surface loss; photos generally very good plus or better.
We're not sure of the purpose of this collection which depicts members of at least six different Native American tribes. At a minimum, images include Comanche, Sioux, Crow, Kiowa, Winnebago and Pueblo. All are exceptionally well composed and captioned. Many of the subjects are named including John Snowball of the Winnebago, a Delaware woman named “Dirty Pace”, Crows named “Plenty Striped Smoke” and “Papoose Hat Otter.” Another is a man the compiler identified as “Blackfeet Chief Ah-Owl-go-dog” though we have not been able to independently identify him.
Several show Kiowa Women and children and there's an outstanding image of a gathering of Sioux on horseback. One shot shows a family of Apaches outside their cabin while another outstanding image shows a Crow camp filled with tee-pees. The largest photo measures 5¼” x 7¼” and is captioned “Siwash Basket Work.” It shows what appears to be the inside of a presumably Pacific Northwest tribe's trading post, showing many stacked baskets, some sculptures, a painting and other artwork.
An outstanding and important photo shows a white man sitting with four Native Americans with a caption saying the Indians were prisoners taken during the Northwest Rebellion in 1885.
Captivating late 19th and early 20th century Native American photography. Very good +. Item #3146