Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis -   Plate 087 High Hawk border=
Title:
Plate 087 High Hawk
Date:
1907
Size:
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
“The subject is shown in all the finery of a warrior dressed for a gala occasion - scalp-shirt, leggings, moccasins, and pipe-bag, all embroidered with porcupine-quills; eagle-feather war bonnet, and stone-headed war-club from the handle of which dangles a scalp. High Hawk is prominent among the Brules mainly because he is now their leading historical authority, being much in demand to determine the dates of events important to his fellow tribesmen. His calendar, or "winter-count," is explained, and in part reproduced, in Volume III, pages 159-182.”

“Winter count” is an unprecedented historical work in the Lakota tribe. The history documents 500 years, to the time before the horse. It is clear and colorful with significant depictions of Lakota events. High Hawk was the historical authority from 1894 through 1912.
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