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    "...I will fight no more forever."

    Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce: Glass Negative. This 5" x 7" wet plate glass negative depicts Chief Joseph (1840-1904), leader of the Nez Perce tribe. He was among those who refused to accede to demands by Washington to relinquish their tribal lands and relocate to a vastly smaller reservation in Idaho. He engaged in skirmishes with troops led by General Oliver Howard, was refused asylum by the Crow tribe, and attempted to find refuge in Canada. He surrender to General Nelson Miles on October 5, 1877, in the Bear Paw Mountains of Montana. In his statement, he decried the hardships endured by his people and their losing battle against the elements and superior forces, concluding: "I will fight no more forever." He generally acted as a mediator and proponent of peaceful, negotiated solutions. This photo was taken by C. M. Bell of Washington, D.C., during Joseph's visit to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879. Bell took photos of each member of the Indian delegation as well as a group shot of all the delegates. Outside of two light scratches in the background, it is in excellent condition and could likely be used to print fine images.

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    June, 2012
    10th Sunday
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