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    HAUNTING IMAGE OF CHIEF BIG FOOT IN DEATH. Large cabinet image (7½" x 5½") of Chief Big Foot in death, as he fell during the massacre at Wounded Knee. Big Foot was considered a great peacemaker and diplomat amongst his people, known for settling quarrels between rival parties and calming rough waters. Following Sitting Bull's death on the Standing Rock Reservation on December 17th, 1890, Big Foot's tribe feared reprisals, so they headed south to Pine Ridge, hoping to find safety there with Chief Red Cloud's people. The US Army caught up with Big Foot on December 28th and took him and his band into custody. The following morning as the Army attempted to disarm Big Foot's band, someone's rifle discharged causing approximately 500 soldiers to open fire with everything they had. Known as the Wounded Knee Massacre, 290 men, women, and children were slaughtered, Big Foot among them. Image is affixed to a larger photographer's mount showing wear along edges. Image is faded but in excellent condition.

    Provenance: The Chris Kortlander Collection

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