great pictures, I missed them somehow. I´m pretty sure the man with the goggles is Chief Iron Nation, Lower Brule. That would match perfectly Handsome Elk´s picture, which is also of a Lower Brule leader. I´m pretty sure I´ve seen the man with the crutch before, but I´ll have to think about it...
The identity of the man with the club is now being given as Pretty Voice Hawk; the man with the hat and crutch is 'Chief Hunkton, a Sioux doctor'; Iron Nation is 'Oldest Sioux Chief - Lower Brule'; the young man is Bad Horse.
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According to Heritage Auctions the images bear the stamp of Stair's Photo Studio, So. Main St., Mitchell, S. D. on verso. This must be Lawrence E. Stair, who had a photography studio at 113 S. Main Street in Mitchell. The question is if he has taken more Indian portraits.
I wonder if the Ingersoll photo three posts above was taken at The St Paul Winter Ice Carnival... There are HH Bennett photos taken of Dakotas at the carnival, wearing similar clothing (and gloves!). Makes sense that Ingersoll would've been there too - and the first one was in 1886, the probable date of the Bennett photos. Here are the Bennett photos I know of:
Last Edit: Nov 12, 2013 18:49:11 GMT -5 by grahamew
Not sure if this is the correct thread for this, but here's Red Skirt and Bear Eagle:
Picture and quote from Our Own Country, by James Cox, St. Louis, MO, published 1894, pages 12 - 14. "While in the Dakota region acquaintance will be made with members of the Indian police force of the government. Our camera has secured excellent portraits of some of these "preservers of the peace," and incidentally has enabled the subscriber to "Our Own Country" to see side by side Indians in various grades of civilization. In the illustration on page 12 there are in the foreground two remnants of the fading race" who are clothed and in their right minds, with a costume resembling in every detail that worn by the white settler and citizen. In the center of the group "Red Shirt" and "Bear Eagle" are depicted in a garb which is somewhat of a compromise between the traditional blanket and more conventional clothing. A great difference will be observed in the way in which the hair is cut and combed. The most difficult task of the teacher consists in convincing the Indian of the comfort and cleanliness of the modern style of cutting the hair, and it is a discouraging fact that of the thousands of Indian children who pass through training schools, but a few hundred can resist the temptation of letting their locks grow in tangled dirtiness after their return to their tribes."