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Scott, George W.
[CABINET CARD PHOTOGRAPH OF YANKTONAIS CHIEF BIG HEAD, ACCOMPANIED BY AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM PHOTOGRAPHER GEORGE W. SCOTT TO COLLECTOR CHARLES F. FISH]
Fort Yates, N.D., 1894. [2]pp. autograph letter, signed, on a 5 x 8 inch telegram form, with envelope; albumen cabinet card photograph, 5 1/4 x 4 inches, on a slightly larger mount. Letter: old folds, envelope with stamp and multiple postmarks. Very good. Cabinet card: A.e.g. Light foxing. Pencil caption below photo, extended caption in pencil and ink on verso. Very good. An interesting combination of a cabinet card photograph of an important Sioux leader, with correspondence from the photographer to a prominent collector, showing the interest across the country in images of Native Americans. This is a striking portrait of Chief Big Head (Pahtanka, or Nasula-Tanka) by George W. Scott, army signal officer, weatherman, telegrapher, and photographer in the Far West. Big Head was a Yanktonais chief and son of a chief of the same name; both were fierce advocates of Sioux autonomy and held the position that no tribal member had the authority to cede Sioux land. After his father's death, Big Head became increasingly involved in tribal politics and diplomatic relations with the federal government. In 1868, Big Head was a signatory to the second Fort Laramie Treaty, and traveled to Washington twice as part of the Sioux delegation. In this photograph he is pictured from the chest up, looking straight at the camera, his long hair falling below his shoulders. He wears non-tribal clothing. George W. Scott (1854-1910) spent most of his life alternating between active duty in the U.S. Army Signal Service and working as a professional photographer in various towns throughout the west … [Click Below for Full Description]
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