DescriptionSOUTH DAKOTA NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS WITH GOVERNOR - LARGE FORMAT IMPERIAL CARD - ca. 1901-04.
A historical group shot of Native American Indians at a treaty signing with Governor Charles Herreid of South Dakota. All of the Indians pictured in this important image are Chiefs, and they must have compromised most of the Native American leadership in that state or the surrounding area. The Chiefs are identified in the negative, named from left to right : "Straighthead, Roan Bear, Yellow Owl, Iron Bull, Short Bull, Black Eagle, Hum--, and Iron Lightning". Governor Herreid, who served a term 1901-1905, is standing third from the right.
P.H. Kellog, a traveling photographer from Rushford, N.Y. took the photograph near Ft. Pierre, South Dakota sometime before the 1904 copyright date, which is also in the negative. Kellog was known for Native American photography, and there is a blind stamp on the reverse, "Rushford, N.Y. and Ft. Pierre S.D. - Views, Buffalo, Indian, Roundup, etc." The card itself measures 12"x 10" and has a large break on the bottom right corner, as well as a significant fold on the bottom right which is not stabilized. The card has original typed sheets pasted to it from an old collection, "No. 67 Governor Herreid with the Indians" and "South Dakota". The photographic image has excellent tonality and detail, and a slight tear at the top with some loss, which extends about 2".
Chief Short Bull, pictured in the center with a carved cane featuring a Native American bust, was one of the primary leaders of the Teton Sioux, along with Kicking Bird and Sitting Bull, at the advent of the "Ghost Dance" religion in 1889. Short Bull actually traveled to Nevada in 1889, and helped popularize the religion that would lead to the deaths of hundreds of Indians at The Wounded Knee massacre, and the tragic death of Sitting Bull by his own people. Short B
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