Mescalero Apache Mar 11, 2019 7:23:35 GMT -5
Post by gregor on Mar 11, 2019 7:23:35 GMT -5
Sorry, but I am not convinced that the said picture shows Geronimo’s Ih-tedda. If the photo shows Ih-Tedda with Lenna and Robert, then it must have been shot in mid-1890. Robert Geronimo was born in August 1889 (and the boy in the pic is at least 6-8 month old).
The photographer of the "Ih Tedda" photo was A. F. Randall, who photographed several Mescalero. SIRIS has a photo of Chief Nautzili with exactly the same backdrop. On the back of this photo is written, "This photo was published on May 29, 1886 as a woodcut in Harper's Weekly."
I have found no pictures of Randall in 1890 or later, using the above backdrop. All photos with this backdrop date from around 1885/86. At that time neither Lenna nor Robert were born.
The first person to identify this image as Ih-Tedda was Eve Ball, to my knowledge. However, nobody is unfailing. Maybe someone has actually referred to the woman in the picture as Ih-Tedda, but we must keep in mind that Ih-Tedda means “Young woman” or “Young Girl”. And the picture shows a young woman, but not Geronimo’s Ih-Tedda.
By the way, Randall photographed a series of this woman; I have 4 different views of this woman with all two children or just one child. The handwritten captions on the pics say: ”Mescalero Apache squaw & children” or “Mescalero Apache mother & child”.