The following twenty-four portraits
came in a packet entitled "Blackfeet Indians of Glacier National
Park" published in 1940 which I picked up on Ebay. The packet also
contains a history of the Blackfeet Indians entitled
"Out of the North" as
well as short biographies of the author
Frank Bird Linderman
and the artist Winold Reiss.
Each portrait contains the following tiny inscription: "From original
portrait by Winold Reiss, New York. Copyright Great Northern Ry. Co., St.
Paul. Printed in U.S.A."
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thumbnailed picture to view the portrait of your choice. Below each
graphic is the description from the front of each portrait.
Spopeia and Mameia
Two children of the Kainahs.
Many Horses, Little Rosebush and Baby
Three generations of Pecunnies.
Turtle and his young son
This famous bear hunter and dancer of the Pecunnies is
bringing up his son in the traditions of his people.
Big Face Chief
A stalwart member of the north Pecunnie band of Blackfeet.
His necklace and eagle wing fan mark him as a Medicine Man.
Pecunnie girl - sitting against a tepee back-rest made of thin
A Pecunnie Brave - against a background of pictographs.
One of the Braves of the Kainah or Blood branch of the
Blackfeet Medicine Man. The pictorial background shows
his "war history."
One of the most picturesque figures at all the ceremonies and
festivities of the Pecunnie Blackfeet.
A modern representative of the Kainahs - proud owner of many
lodges, horses, and a large herd of cattle.
Pecunnie Brave smoking red stone pipe. Such pipes are
made from soft stone which came from great distances.
Double Steel and Two Cutter
These women of the Kainah Blackfeet are well known for their
Snow Bird - In Carrier
The nomadic plains Indians devised the carrier as a safe means
of transportation for their babies. It was carried either on the mother's
back or tied to the dog or horse travois.
Wearing ceremonial Buffalo Horn head-dress.
Juniper Buffalo Bull and Little Young Man
Two of the younger Pecunnie Braves in their festive costumes.
Long Time Pipe Woman
Wife of the Kainah Head Chief, Shot-on-both-Sides.
A member of the Pecunnie Brave Society and a picturesque
figure at all Blackfeet gatherings.
Wife of Night Shoots
An old Pecunnie brave.
Signing in the Clouds
A Pecunnie child with doll whose hair is made from a
scalp-lock taken in an Indian war.
A fine old warrior of the Pecunnies who lived until his
eighty-sixth year. He was an expert sign talker.
Throughout most of his life this Pecunnie chieftain was full
of humor and kindness. Yet he left a record of extreme bravery as a
Son of one of the last great Pecunnie Chieftains, White Calf,
who died in Washington, D.C., in 1904, while there on a mission for his people.
Not Real Bear Woman
Picking kinnikinic. The small leaves of the Bear-berry
plant are dried and mixed with smoking tobacco.