I need help settling a disagreement about the identity of the Indian in this photo from the Smithsonian archives. The website says: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Title: "Yankton Charlie and family" Contained in: George V. Allen Photographic Collection 1860s-1930s
Summary: The item is in a photograph album. Studio portrait. He is posed with his wife and young child. He is carrying a pipe (?). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I believe this is "Yankton Charlie" - an Indian scout who worked with General Miles and was a witness to the killing of Chief Crazy Horse.
A genealogy associate believes this is Charles F. Picotte based on a photo she saw in "A Pioneer Past" by Robert F. Karolevitz, [she says "on page 7 of the first chapter is a picture of Charles Picotte, with Struck by the Ree, Zephier Rencontre, Pretty Boy, Medicine Cow, and Louis DeWitt. The picture in that book looks exactly like this picture, he is young and has no hair on his face with the same style of hair."]
I don't have a copy of that book so I can't see what she is talking about. I have never seen Charles F Picotte dressed in Native dress, and have only seen him with a mustache, so it's just a big leap of faith to think they are the same person.
Any help (and if you can cite resources - that would be great) would be appreciated.
Picotte was son of the trader Honore Picotte, who married into the Yankton. I think it's the same Charles Picotte who married Margueritte LaFlesche of the Omaha. His brother, Henry, married her sister, Susan.
Last Edit: Jul 21, 2009 4:59:32 GMT -5 by grahamew