Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Plate 170 Horse Capture - Atsina
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Horse capture is taken in profile and shows the typical way Atsina men style their hair. His dress is intricately made with patterns and fringes as well as fur details. Brightly lit so it stands out is a gun barrel at his side.

Description by Edward Curtis: Born near Milk River in 1858. When about fifteen years of age he went with a war-party against the Piegan, but achieved no honor. From their camp at Beaver creek the Atsina sent out a war-party which came upon two Sioux. Remaining hidden in a coulee, the warriors sent an old man out as a decoy. When the Sioux charged him, the rest of the Atsina rushed out and killed them both. During the fight Horse Capture ran up to one of the enemy, who was wounded, in order to count coup, when one of his companions dashed in a head of him and was killed by the wounded Sioux. Horse Capture than counted first coup on the enemy and killed him. He married at the age of twenty-five.
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