DescriptionBUST IMAGE OF SITTING BULL WITH ORIGINAL NEWSPAPER STORY. Well-known image of Sitting Bull in embroidered buckskin jacket with a Monarch butterfly attached to the brim of his felt hat, affixed to a "George W. Scott" photographer's mount out of Fort Yates, Dakota Territory. Penned across the lower edge of the mount in an unknown hand: "Sitting Bull Chief Ancapapa Sioux." Although the 4" x 5¼" image is slightly faded, it is in excellent condition. Affixed to the verso of the photograph is an original newspaper clipping dated August 4, 1889, concerning the signing of a treaty with the white man's government, which would ultimately result in the Indians losing nine million acres of their best farmland and best cattle grazing grounds and send them into crushing poverty. The clipping reads, in part: "A final council was held yesterday with all the chiefs present... When the signing was about to begin, Sitting Bull, who had come up with his band mounted on their ponies, entered the circle and asked to talk. This being considered too late, he was refused. He retired in anger, and ... ordered his young men to stampede the crowd who were gathering around the tables... A strong force of police was soon place in position ... after which Sitting Bull retired to his camp... This little episode over, the Indians again congregated about the tables and the signing went on as rapidly as four clerks could identify and inscribe the names." Clipping is slightly age-toned but in excellent condition.
Provenance: The Chris Kortlander Collection
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