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    Sioux Leader Chief Low Dog: A Fine D. F. Barry Photograph. A 5" x 7" sepia photograph of Low Dog seated, holding a beaded-handle axe, and wearing a breastplate and beaded choker. Barry's blind stamp is found on the front of the image and on the studio folder in which the image is mounted. Additionally, Barry's studio label is mounted on the inside flap of the folder and "Barry Photo" is written in white ink at the lower edge of the photograph. The verso of the folder has a printed biography of Chief Low Dog which reads, in part: "A member of Chief Gall's band of Indians. He surrendered with Chief Gall...to Col. Ilgres. After firing a few volleys from the old Gatling gun a white flag was hoisted; firing 60 shots a minute took all the fight out of these braves. Chief Low Dog feared he would be hanged for wounding the mail carrier who took the mail from Poplar Creek to Wolf Point. After wounding the mail carrier, he pegged him to the ground, putting grass all around him, and setting fire to the grass, he, Low Dog, sat down and watched the awful torture. Helping himself to anything of value, he hit the trail to join his band of Indians. Low Dog was small in stature; his weight was 130 pounds. When he was held a prisoner of war with the Chief Gall party at Fort Buford he confined himself to the Indian camp, fearing some white man might take a shot at him. He had a very wicked face. He was never punished for killing the mail carrier. The Indians claimed he was a Wild Daring Devil. In the Custer fight he worked hard to get credit for killing so many soldiers. At the agency he kept well in the background, as he was being pointed out to the whites as a real bad Indian". A fine, bright image with excellent contrast and in excellent condition.

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    June, 2012
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