DescriptionPhotograph of Indian Interpreter Julius Meyer with Sioux Chiefs, circa 1870s. This photograph is mounted on an imperial size CDV. The subjects are identified in period purple ink on the obverse, "Julius Meyer Interpreter, & Indian Chiefs. Spotted Tail, Iron Bull, and Pawnee Killer". The reverse: "Indian Wigwam 234 Farnam Street, Omaha, Neb. Julius Meyer, Box-ka-re-sha-hash-ta-ka. Indian Interpreter. Indian trader and dealer... Tomahawks, Bows & Arrows, Covers, Pipes, Scalps, Moccasins, Garments, Beadwork..." Measures approximately 3.25" x 5".
Julius Meyer was born in Prussia in 1839 and emigrated to Omaha, Nebraska in 1867. He started developing relationships with the Plains Indians and was purportedly able to speak six different Indian languages. He served under General George Crook as an interpreter and later opened an Indian Curiosity shop, "Indian Wigwam," in Omaha, Nebraska.
Condition: Very fine, great contrast.
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