DescriptionSioux Leader Chief Gall: An Extraordinary D. F. Barry Photograph. A 5" x 7" sepia photograph of him standing and holding various traditional accoutrements. Barry's blind stamp is found on the front and on the studio folder in which the image is mounted. The verso of the folder has a printed biography of Chief Gall written by D. F. Barry which reads, in part: "Chief Gall was the leader of the Sioux who swept down upon Custer's command at the Little Big Horn, June, 1876. This photo is the only one ever taken of him as he looked as a hostile, and that it is in existence today is due only to the nerve and determination of the photographer who was known to the Sioux as 'The Little Shadow Catcher'...It was made immediately after the capture of Chief Gall in the winter of 1880 by a part of General Miles' regiment...Gall, with other chiefs, after a sharp brush which required the use of a Gatling gun, to end in favor of the soldiers, surrendered and were brought to Fort Buford as prisoners of war...Shortly after their arrival 'the Little Shadow-Catcher' with the assistance of money and one of the officers and a scout, got Chief Gall to his gallery just as he had come in. Refusing to listen to suggestions as to pose he stood before the camera as best suited him. Later he returned to the gallery alone and asked to see the picture. Being shown the plate, which was all that was finished, he declared that it was 'bad' and that he wanted to destroy it. Feeling that something of the kind was in the wind the photographer had put the plate back in the dark room, and when he refused to get it, the chief started to find it himself. Realizing that all his work was about to go for nothing, 'the Little Shadow-Catcher' pushed the Indian to one side. Quick as a flash the Indian, furious, drew a knife, and as quick the photographer covered him with a revolver, which laid on a shelf. Pausing for a few moments in indecision, apparently attempting to fathom the determination of the holder of the revolver, Gall backed slowly out of the gallery and the picture was saved...I had paid Chief Gall $21.00 for this sitting, and had a hard time to get him to have his picture taken. Through the help of Captain Clifford and Scout Geo. Flurey, they got him to consent to have it taken for $21.00...". Slightly soft focus, but excellent contrast and in very good condition.
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