• Title:


  • Description:

    Studio portrait of Bear's Rib or Ma-to-chu-tu-hu or Ma-to-chu-ayuk-sah or Mato Cutuhu wearing a President Franklin Pierce(?) peace medal; he wears a striped ribbon around his neck, cloth wrapped braids, a ribboned fur turban-like cap with feathers, long metal drop earrings, white shirt and dark vest, silver armbands, with his lower body wrapped in a blanket. He is holding a studded pipe tomahawk, and a decorated pipe with a pipestone(?) bowl, and has a beaded bag(?) at his waist. Member of a 1872 Delegation

  • Culture/People:

    Hunkpapa Lakota (Hunkpapa Sioux)

  • Date created:


  • Photographer:

    attributed to Alexander Gardner, Non-Indian, 1821-1882

  • Place:

    Washington, DC; District of Columbia; USA (inferred)

  • Format/Object name:

    Albumen print

  • Collection History/Provenance:

    Alexander Gardner immigrated to the US in 1856 and began work with photographer Mathew Brady, eventually managing Brady's Washington, DC studio through 1862. In 1872, the Office of Indian Affairs contracted Gardner to photograph the American Indian delegates to Washington, D.C. These images, representing nineteen tribes, were then compiled by English collector William Henry Blackmore into ten albums and exhibited at the Smithsonian. The original negatives were eventually transferred to the Bureau of American Ethnology and then the Smithsonian Institution. No further collection history available.

  • Dimensions:

    5 x 7 in.

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