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    Beautifully Carved Pipe Belonging to the Prominent Oglala Sioux Chief Little Wound. In 1865 Little Wound became chief of the Kuinyan branch of the Eastern Sioux (Bear People). He took part in the 1873 Battle of Massacre Canyon in Nebraska between the Sioux and Pawnee, the last large scale battle between Plains tribes.

    In 1877 a unit composed of Oglala men was formed at the Red Cloud Agency. Little Wound was appointed 1st sergeant of Company B in which role he was superior to Red Cloud himself and several other important chiefs. After some political jockeying he became part of a major Native American delegation to Washington that fall, where this famous image was taken. In 1890 he was a prominent early supporter of the Ghost Dance movement among the Lakota, but upon the arrival of Federal troops at Pine Ridge he became an advocate for peace. Perhaps his own earlier experience with the Army enable him to recognize the danger the arriving troops posed to his people, tragically confirmed at Wounded Knee.

    The precise provenance of this pipe is unknown, but the underside is inscribed in what is clearly period black ink: "Sioux Pipe from Little Wound Pine Ridge Agency Dakota Chiefs 'Little Wound' and 'Man Afraid of his Horse'." (The significance of adding the second chief's name is lost. Perhaps the pipe was smoked by the two as Little Wound persuaded the other chief to support the cause of peace.) It is a beautifully-carved example, with high relief horned armorial heads, and is in excellent condition. Overall length including catlinite bowl 26".

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