Last year on vacation in the Black Hills area I stopped at the new Black Hills Visitor Center at Rapid City, SD. To my dismay the picture they had prominently displayed as Chief Big Foot was in fact Big Foot, the Oglala. I discussed this with the curator of the visitor center and was told research had gone into the photos displayed. She felt they were accurate photos of the various Indian chiefs.
This year when visiting the Wounded Knee Museum at Wall, SD, I was shocked to see a large picture of Big Foot, the Oglala, indicating he was Chief Big Foot. On the Wounded Knee Museum website a picture of Big Foot, the Oglala, is used.
Both pictures were labeled Chief Big Foot instead of Chief Spotted Elk.
Well, Big Foot the Oglala has caused much confusion. We have stated here years ago that the Gardner portraits of 1872 do not show the Mniconjou Big Foot/Spotted Elk, but it´s hard to correct that error because this picture has been published for decades under a wrong label. Nowadays the internet also has spreaded the Gardner photo as Mniconjou.
I´m not really sure what to do about it other than to write what we think is right. I will try to gather what I can find about the Oglala Big Foot over the weekend, perhaps others can help, too.
Dietmar Thanks for your response. I was hoping someone on this site might know a Mniconjou elder or historian who could set the record straight. It is truly sad that the Wounded Knee Museum does not have the right picture of Chief Spotted Elk on display. What a disgrace.