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Legends of the West: Western & Native American Sale

Sat, Sep 23, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 125

C. 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre - Medicine Man Photo

Estimate: $750 - $1,250

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$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
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$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
This is an original photograph of The Medicine Man, a slain Sioux at the Wounded Knee Massacre taken on January 1st, 1891 by George Trager of The Northwestern Photographic Company Chadron, Nebraska. The piece shows the gruesome image of a killed Sioux warrior amongst his fallen brothers, identified as The Medicine Man. This is the earliest edition of this albumen photograph boudoir card, other examples showed more advertisement and additional writing in the negative. This example is marked in the image / negative, “The Medicine Man taken at the Battle of Wounded Knee S.D. Copy Righted by the Northwestern Photo. Co. Chadron Neb.” And the back is marked, “Northwestern Photographic Company Chadron, Nebraska Headquarters for all kinds of Indian and Late War Views of Pine Ridge Agency So. Dak. All Views Copyrighted.” George Trager, of nearby Chadron, NE, was the first photographer on the scene after the Wounded Knee debacle, and took a number of photographs in January 1891 as US troops began collecting and burying bodies left on the field. An iconic image from the series of plates he exposed. The Wounded Knee Massacre, also referred to as the Battle of Wounded Knee, was the massacre of nearly 300 Lakota Indians by the 7th Cavalry Soldiers of the Untied States Army and was part of what the U.S. military called the Pine Ridge Campaign. The event occurred on December 29th, 1890 near Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Provenance: From the Jim Aplan Piedmont, South Dakota collection. The large boudoir card measures 8.5” by 5.25”. The card shows some small tearing, a hole where the photo was hung, and each corner cut for display. A historic piece.

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