NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN Antique Real Photograph Postcard of a wonderfully dressed Santee Sioux warrior. The Santee are the easternmost of three divisions of the Sioux or Dakota tribe. This photograph appears to have been taken in a military or calvary camp, look closely, there appears to be a chair with a regular dressed man just behind the horse's nose. Also the tents look military. Our main subject is dressed beautifully in hand beaded native leather pants, moccasins and is holding a pipe bag along with a rifle and his horse. The horse has a regular bit and appears to be saddled with a western saddle. The best part of the horse is his feathered war bundle tied to his forelock. Santee bead work is rare due to the low numbers of the tribe. It is usually done in tiny, tiny cut beads, appliqued style and most often pictorial of flowers and birds. The pipe bag he is holding is of special interest, it has the traditional Lakota lazy stitch bottom panel with quilled drops while the long top of the bag is done in traditional Santee bead style. Of course the cherished rifle he is holding adds interest along with the cartridge belt he is wearing.
CONDITION: Used, postmarked but not readable, personal message in 1800's writing and ink, then a later pencil notation of "Fort Pierre, South Dakota". Has a few age related stains on back, corners are age related bent, but really in good overall condition.
CIRCA: AZO, 4 triangles pointing up in stamp corner: 1904 to 1918
Thank you for your interest! Photograph will come in an acid free sleeve and hard back mailer.
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