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    RARE KICKING BEAR PHOTOGRAPH. Unusual "boudoir" cabinet of medicine man Kicking Bear, a chief among the Miniconjou Sioux. Kicking Bear distinguished himself in several battles in the Black Hills War and at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Kicking Bear is credited with bringing the Ghost Dance religion to his people in 1889, after having learned it in Nevada the year before. Here, Chief Kicking Bear is pictured wearing a breech cloth, a long, loose white shirt, a dark vest, a colorful neck scarf, and white paint on his face. The chief stands, squinting into the sun, with his blanket and moccasins on the ground at his feet. Written on the negative at lower right: "Chief Kicking Bear A Leading Chief of the Brule Hostile Indians." Although the photographer is unidentified, and Kicking Bear incorrectly identified as a Brule Indian, the negative printing matches that commonly seen on images produced by the Northwestern Photographic Company of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Pin holes appear at upper left and lower right corners. On the verso, in pencil: "Kicking Bear (Since civilized and formerly with Wild West Outfit.)" Image measures approximately 8½" x 5¼" and shows some wear at corners and edges, but is otherwise in very good condition. Unusual and desirable!

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    November, 2007
    10th Saturday
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