Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 257 Yellow Bull - Nez Perce border=
Plate 257 Yellow Bull - Nez Perce
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
As a member of the family which was more than once responsible for precipitating the Nez Perce outbreak of 1877, Yellow Bull proved a source of much valuable information. His son Walaituts was one of the three men who murdered the first white settlers in this conflict.” - Edward Curtis

During the onset of this event, Chief Joseph and the other proponents of peace were not in the Nez Perce camp at the onset of this event. Had the peacemaker been, he may have been able to quell the hot-headed youth. As the genesis of the Uprising in 1877, a young Indian, Walaituts was goaded by others into the retribution for the murder of his father by one of the local settlers. In their revenge they killed three. When the news reached the camp, the men knew there would be consequences and the outbreak then escalated.

Yellow Bull is an important figure in the effort to bring a peaceful outcome to the settlement of the Nez Perce and was photographed at the funeral of Chief Joseph, wearing the headdress of his good friend. That was 1904, one year after the portraits of these two friends were taken by Edward Curtis.
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