Platinum Portrait of American Horse and wife, Sioux Indians, by Gertrude Kasebier

Gertrude Käsebier's photographs of Native Americans represent simple, artistic portraits of Indians traveling with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and on reservations of the Dakota Sioux. Fond memories of playing with Indian children during her youth led Käsebier to write to William F. Cody with her request to photograph Indians performing in his show at Madison Square Garden in 1898.
Nine Indians were selected to be photographed. Her studio had no elaborate backdrops and the photographs proved poignant. Käsebier sometimes removed Indian regalia from her subjects to depict the Sioux as individuals, with strong personalities and experiences spanning traditional and contemporary life.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
ca 1898
Kasebier, Gertrude
Physical Description
platinum print (overall material)
paper (overall material)
image: 15.6 cm x 19.9 cm; 6 1/8 in x 7 13/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Gertrude Kasebier
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Gertrude Kasebier
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Delaney, Michelle. Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors: A Photographic History by Gertrude Kasebier

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