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    William Henry Jackson, Photographer: Albumen Print "Sitting Crow" Blackfeet Sioux. Plate number 256 from Department of the Interior. United States Geological Survey of the Territories. F. V. Hayden, U.S. Geologist. Miscellaneous Publications-No. 9. Descriptive Catalogue of The Photographs of the North American Indian by, W.H. Jackson, Photographer of the Survey. Washington: Government Print Office, 1877. Approximately 5.25" x 7.5", mounted on heavy paper mat, 11" x 14", with a printed decorative gilt border and captioned in gilt: "Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories, Prof. F. V. Hayden in charge." and "W. H. Jackson, Photo." Sitting Crow (Kan-gi'-i-yo'-tan-ka) is posed appropriately seated, wearing an eagle-feather adorned fur-topped hat, beaded bag and leggings, and holding an extraordinarily long pipe in one hand and eagle feathers in the other. Perhaps the most striking element of the image are the goggles that Sitting Crow wears. Perhaps this is the same Sitting Crow who was also known as Scarlet Eagle and present at the battle of Little Big Horn. There is some question as to whether or not Jackson made all the Indian photographs in the collection from Hayden's survey, including those captioned "W. H. Jackson Photo." or was merely was in charge of project. Nevertheless, these albumen prints remain an impressive record of the Native American people of the American West. The image remains clear and sharp, with only trivial browning to the backing mat and a couple of minimal areas of foxing, else it is excellent condition.

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