Lot of 2 actively posed studio portraits of Wild West show performer, "Indian Pete" Culbertson, both photographed by L.E. Gilman, Lemmon, SD. In the first pose a cabinet card with Gilman's backmark, "Indian Pete" draws back his bow and arrow while wearing show attire and a magnificent feathered head dress. In the second image, a cabinet card-sized photo on 5.75 x 7.75 in. mount, Culbertson poses in a similar outfit with a group of children, including a screaming young boy in black face, with Gilman's imprint on the mount. This photograph was published in Wild West magazine's Westerner's column in early 2016.
Pete Culbertson, a white man nicknamed "Indian" Pete, ran a Wild West show similar to Buffalo Bill's. According to local legend (or a tall tale created by Culbertson for promotional purposes), as an infant a band of Indians stole Culbertson and raised him. In reality, he was an ex-convict from a Norwegian family. Shortly after the massacre at Wounded Knee, Culbertson and his brother ambushed a family of Lakota Sioux riding in a wagon. They killed Few Tails the father and wounded the mother while two others escaped with the unhitched team of horses. He and his brother were tried at Deadwood and found not guilty. In the early part of the 20th century, Culbertson became part owner of the Irwin Brothers Cheyenne Frontier Days Wild West Show and created his origin story to attract more audiences. After leaving show business, he returned to Wyoming to ranch.
Both are in very good condition, the group shot has some soiling on the mount. Both have inscriptions from previous owners on the reverse.