Bone Necklace. Oglala Sioux Chief c. 1899

Photographic Print, hand colored 15.5 x 12.5

Heyn Photo, Photographer. Omaha.  Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Control #2008675510.  There are many many striking photographs of Native Americans, this one of a chief and a portrait, taken at the turn-of-the-century.  The treatment of Native Americans as photographic subjects, particularly as in a case with a tribe still not fully assimilated, is strikingly different from most African American portraits.  This one is also beautifully colored. 

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