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photograph of Black Elk
  • Bill Groethe
    born 1923
    born: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States ; active: United States
  • photograph of Black Elk, 1948
  • Where object was made: Custer State Park, Custer, South Dakota, United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Old Dimensions: L = 46.3, W = 37.8
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 16 in
  • Transfer from the University of Kansas Natural History Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7523

Photograph of a man seated in front of a tipi. He is wearing an elaborate feathered headdress with beaded strip at his forehead. He wears a light colored, long sleeved shirt with what appears to be feathered panel on his proper left shoulder. He has a fur sash extending from his proper left shoulder to his proper right hip. There is a black vest underneath studded with metal designs. Over the top is a necklace made of possibly seeds and bone/horn/claws (?) with a fur pendant. His trousers are black. He holds an embellished walking stick in his proper right hand.