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A magnificent and expressive original period sepia-toned photograph of the great warrior chief and leader

of the Oglala Sioux Indians, Makhpiya-Luta or Red Cloud (1822-1909) whose inspired combination of wisdom, bravery and skill helped his people to survive the unprecedented challenges forced upon them. Red Cloud was one of the very few military leaders who ever defeated the United States in a war, the so-called “Red Cloud’s War” of 1866-68. This poignant and evocative photograph was taken nearly thirty years later by an unknown photographer late in Red Cloud’s life after he had been forced by the U.S. Government to settle on The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. 


The photograph itself measures 4” square and the framed dimensions are 11” by 10 1/2”. The photograph is beautifully and archivally framed in a rustic natural wood frame. The photo shows water, abrasion and other damage none of which really interferes with the incredible strength and pathos of the great warrior, Chief and statesman’s image. In fact, in a unique and unintended way, the wear and damage the photo has endured echoes and underscores the hardships and damage Red Cloud and his people were forced to endure.


This original photograph of one of the greatest leaders to ever walk upon American soil is a unique,

eloquent and powerful piece of America’s frontier history.



Price $1,650


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A historic original photograph of Oglala

Sioux Indian Chief Red Cloud, circa 1895

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Red Cloud, c. 1880. Courtesy of South Dakota

State Historical Society

Red Cloud at Pine Ridge, c. 1895