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Legends of the West: Western & Native American Sale

Sat, Sep 23, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 124

Wounded Knee Massacre Gathering the Dead Photo

Estimate: $400 - $600

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This is an original photograph of the Wounded Knee Massacre titled, “Gather up the Dead at the Battle Wounded Knee S.D.” circa January 1891 taken by George Trager of The Northwestern Photographic Company Chadron, Nebraska. The image shows a four horse buckwagon with several gruesomely slain Lakota with several men at the foreground and U.S. 7Th Cavalry Army men on horseback atop the ridge in the background. 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” by 5”. 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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