Included in this lot is a rare and original photograph, "Piegans On Trail, Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana", circa 1925. During the 1920s and 1930s, T. J. Hileman was the official photographer of Glacier Park for the Great Northern Railroad, and today is renowned for his photos of Glacier Park in Montana and the Blackfoot people. The Great Northern advertising department also knew that East Coast audiences were fascinated with Native American culture. Accordingly, they directed Hileman to take both group and individual photos of Blackfeet tribal members, titling them as “Glacier Park Indians,” even though they were traditional dwellers of the Northern Plains, not the mountains in that area. But more concerned with market share, the railroad was determined to put that cultural niche to work for them, no matter how flawed. This resulted in hundreds of portraits of Blackfeet adorned in traditional regalia. The Blackfoot Confederacy, Niitsitapi or Siksikaitsitapi, is a historic collective name for for linguistically related groups that make up the Blackfoot or Blackfeet people: Siksika (Blackfoot), Kainai or Blood, and two sections of Piegan or Piikani. "Ice by Lake Indians on trail" is written in pencil on the rear of the photograph.
This photograph is in good overall condition, age tanning and foxing noted, measures 8"W x 10"L