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The Lakota

Near the turn of the century photographer, Gertrude Käsebier decided to take on a pet project of photographing the Native Americans touring with Buffalo Bill.

The project was inspired by Buffalo Bill’s Wild West troupe, touring in New York City. Their grand parade was en route to Madison Square Garden when Käsebier witnessed them. Her childhood was filled with moments of her playing with Native American children while she lived in the Great Plains. Käsebier sent a letter to Buffalo Bill asking for permission to photograph the members of the troupe. Her request was approved and soon she embarked on her project.

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Charging ThunderGertrude Käsebier, 1900
Charging Thunder
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Sammy Lone BearGertrude Käsebier, 1900
Sammy Lone Bear
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Flying HawkGertrude Käsebier, 1900
Flying Hawk
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Mrs. American HorseGertrude Käsebier, 1900
Mrs. American Horse
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Joe Black FoxGertrude Käsebier, 1900
Joe Black Fox
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William FrogGertrude Käsebier, 1900
William Frog
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American HorseGertrude Käsebier, 1900
American Horse
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American HorseGertrude Käsebier, 1900
American Horse
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Red Horn BullGertrude Käsebier, 1900
Red Horn Bull
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Iron White ManGertrude Käsebier, 1900
Iron White Man