Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis -   Plate 117 Medicine Crow - Apsaroke border=
Plate 117 Medicine Crow - Apsaroke
Portfolio: 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
His full costume is pictured in Pate 112, but in this image the viewer has a more intimate view of Medicine Crow’s face. Upon his head is what appears to be a dead bird, perhaps a hawk. He is staring to the right and has a very strong profile typical of the Apsaroke.

Description by Edward S. Curtis: Born 1848.Mountain Crow; member of the Newly Made Lodge clan; and the Lumpwood organization. At eighteen he fasted four days and three nights, and on the morning of the fourth day a spirit resembling a white man appeared and foretold the passing away of the buffalo and the coming of many white men with cattle, horses, and steamboats. His medicine of hawk was purchased from another man. Counted three first coups, captured five guns and two tethered horses, and led ten successful war-parties. In a fight with the Nez Perces he killed a warrior, counted first coup upon him, and captured his gun-two regular honors at one time, besides the distinction of killing an enemy. This act he twice repeated in battles with the Arapaho and the Sioux. Twice he fought on the side of the white man when "their flag was on the ground:" once against the Nez Perces in Chief Joseph's retreat, and again under General Crook when the Sioux under Sitting Bull were fleeing across the Canadian border. Medicine Crow participated in ten severe fights, killed three men, had two horses shot under him, and had the distinction of having "thrown away" six wives.
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