Post by kingsleybray on Nov 23, 2010 11:38:35 GMT -5
In July 1875 a commission visited Red Cloud and Spotted Tail agencies ahead of the big council about the Black Hills. From there members travelled to the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock agencies, going via the Black Hills. They were accompanied by a party of headmen from the two White River agencies, using their influence to invite delegations from the Missouri River agencies to attend the big 'national' council. Capt. James Egan, Co. K, 2nd Cavalry, the famous gray horse troop, commanded an escort for the party.
Billy Garnett told Judge Ricker that the party included Blue Horse, Slow Bull, and Red Dog.
The CHICAGO TRIBUNE for August 10 noted that the Indians included Red Dog, No Flesh, Little Eagle, The Man Who Kills the Hawk, and "eight other red devils with fantastic sounding names."
Col R.I. Dodge's journal for July 22, 1875 notes the arrival of the party including "Red Dog & a dozen other Indians en train to the Missouri agencies, to make treaty."
I suspect that the party also had a fact-finding brief from the tribal councils on White River, to ascertain the nature and scale of mining activities in the Black Hills.
Wonderful picture, naiches! On basis of the well documented delegation photo of October 1888 I assembled an identification table (a Word table with pictures of individual personalities from different years and decades). After a comparison of the Jenney-Photo from 1875 with the table, I tend to identify the Lakota as follows (from left to right):
Slow Bull, Dog Back, Blue Horse (or Stabber?), No Flesh, Fast Thunder (or Bad Wound?), Plenty Bears, unknown.
It is of course a hypothesis. The identification is complicated by the fact that some people bend down their heads and can’t be identified unambiguous. Of course I’m open to alternative suggestions. Gregor
Post by kingsleybray on Nov 25, 2010 4:00:10 GMT -5
thanks Dietmar and Naiches (Capitan Xuilo!) for the enhanced images and the feedback from gregor and grahamew. I think that No Flesh third from right in the seated group looks a cert, with Blue Horse third from left. Something about the posture of the man on the left makes me think Slow Bull. The Curtis photo's of the hunka ceremony feature his son Slow Bull II in a rather similar pose. I'd like to know more about the man with the pipe and pipe bag, formally posed as the 'chief' of the group.