Chief Lip led a group of Wajaje (Wazhazha) Lakota and is rarely mentioned in historic accounts. Do we know anything about him?
This week I´ve noticed a photograph offered at Ebay, which I believe shows Chief Lip. I know of at least one other portrait, which was taken as a group photograph of the 1889 Sioux delegation that went to the East.
“Put-a or Lip, a good old friend” (does anyone recognize the man on left?)
Chief Lip, 1889
Originally, Chief Lip's camp was east of Pass Creek on the Rosebud Reservation. It was in the vicinity of Eagle Nest Butte, an old site used for trapping eagles and a sacred site used for vision quests, and the present community of Wanblee, 5 miles north of the Butte, that Chief Lip's band settled around 1880. However, in the summer of 1890, the boundary between Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservation was moved farther east to the mouth of Black Pipe Creek, which placed Chief Lip's camp on the Pine Ridge Reservation. While Lip's band of Wajajes were technically Sicangu, they continued to live and interact with Oglalas, even insisting that they be counted on the Pine Ridge Rolls.