Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Title:
Plate 078 Two Strike
Date:
1907
Size:
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
According to Edward Curtis Two Strike is an accomplished Brule chief. In this image one can see the years of battle within the deep lines on his face. He is looking down, perhaps thinking of the past, and his eyes are almost closed as his life is likely nearing its last days. His long hair and chiseled features leave no question that he is of Native descent.

In Volume II of The North American Indian Curtis writes: Born 1821. At the age of twelve he accompanied his first war party against Pawnee. At thirty-one he led a party against the same tribe and counted coup. Twelve coups, all on Pawnee, and twenty-two battles. Two Pawnee counted coup on him, but the second he killed. Was never wounded. Name changed from Living Bear to Two Strike after unhorsing two Pawnee riding the same animal. After the sixth coup he was declared chief, and, as others died, gradually ascended to the position of head-chief of the Brule. He never fasted for the purpose of seeing a vision, and had no medicine, but wore a bear's ear "to frighten the enemy."
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