REAL PHOTOGRAPH POSTCARD of a darling Native American Indian girl from a Montana tribe known as the Crow. She stands in front of a Tipi with a meat drying rack in the background. She is dressed in a beautiful hand made wool dress covered with large elk teeth. Hard for me to imagine, but each elk has only two (a pair) of teeth like these. The teeth were proudly collected and displayed on family clothing, usually women or girls. As discussed previously on other items, it is not acceptable for a man to boast of his deeds, however, the women and children of his family can wear his war or hunting trophies. For a little girl to have a dress with this quantity of large elk teeth, her father must have been one of the best hunters in the tribe. Another interesting feature is her hair which is cut short, during this time period that would mean she was probably in an Indian school or there was a recent death in her family. She is wearing her tiny beaded moccasins, metal cross earrings, and a large, multi strand beaded necklace tied at the back of her neck with a scarf, ribbons or fabric.
Photograph is postmarked "Sheridan, Wyoming, Oct. 5, 1948". Original stamp is intact. Message is hand written in pencil. Written by photographer on the bottom is: "Montana Indian Dress covered with elk teeth".
Card is in good condition, tiny bend on one corner and a pin hole in the center of the top.
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