Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis -   Plate 629 Chief Hector - Assiniboin border=
Plate 629 Chief Hector - Assiniboin
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Chief Hector, the son of Spotted Calf.

Three centuries ago, the seven divisions of the Dakota were dwelling in the region between the headwaters of the Mississippi and the west end of Lake Superior. About the time of the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers, a band of the Yanktonai, deserting their tribesmen in anger, says tradition, over wrong done to the chief's wife, moved away to the north and east, until, after indefinite wandering, they established a temporary home on the shores of a wooded lake. Thus, the Assiniboin tribe was born, first mentioned as distinct from the Dakota by the Jesuit Relation of 1640 on "Lake Alimibeg," later identified as either Rainy lake on the northern boundary of the present state of Minnesota, or else Lake Nipigon, north of Lake Superior in the direction of Hudson Bay.
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