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Hillers, John K.
[LITTLE BEAR, CHEYENNE]. TAKEN AT OKMULGEE, EASTERN INDIAN TERRITORY [OKLAHOMA], 10 MAY 1875
Estimation
6 0008 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT
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Hillers, John K.
[LITTLE BEAR, CHEYENNE]. TAKEN AT OKMULGEE, EASTERN INDIAN TERRITORY [OKLAHOMA], 10 MAY 1875
Estimation
6 0008 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Hillers, John K.
[LITTLE BEAR, CHEYENNE]. TAKEN AT OKMULGEE, EASTERN INDIAN TERRITORY [OKLAHOMA], 10 MAY 1875
Albumen silver print photograph (9 1/8 x 7 in.; 232 x 277 mm) mounted on gray card with decorative gilt border. 

Handsomely framed and glazed with UVIII Plexiglass. Some minor wear at edges of mount, the misleading word "Apache" written lightly in pencil in lower right corner of mount.


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Description

"I FOUND SIX CHEYENNES WHO HAD JUST LEFT THE WAR PATH, ALL STRAPPEN BIG FELLOWS. I TOOK THEM AMONG THE ROCKS AND SET THEM UP AS FOOD FOR MY CAMERA," wrote German-born John Karl Hillers in a May 1875 letter to his brother. At that time Hillers was in Oklahoma photographing scenes of life in what was then called the Eastern Indian Territory. He made this portrait of Little Bear, a proud Cheyenne warrior seated holding a long pipe, the day after his arrival in the area.

Hilliers went to Indian Territory under the direction of John Wesley Powell, an expedition leader with whom he had worked for four years. Powell, who conducted his surveys under the direction of the Department of the Interior, used Hillier's photographs to gain Congressional support for further expeditions. The images brought public recognition to both men when they appeared in the Powell survey exhibit at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

Fine Printed and Manuscript Americana, Including Cartography

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