Julia Tuell Signed Photograph of Chief Two-Moons, Cheyenne Leader Involved in Custer's Massacre
Hand-colored oval silver gelatin photograph, 6 x 8 in., on original 10 x 12 in. mount, of the aged American Indian warrior, Chief Two-Moons. Copyrighted 1911 and ink signed lower right by Julia Tuell, Lamedeer, Montana. The typed label on mount verso describes "Chief Two-Moons, an old time warrior and renegade...led the Cheyennes in Custer's massacre..."
Tuell (1886-1960) moved west accompanying her school teacher husband. Eventually settling at Lame Deer Agency, Montana. She became interested in photography and captured images of the Northern Cheyenne. She was a keen observer of Cheyenne culture, because of her status as a woman, the Cheyenne allowed her access to scenes of daily and ceremonial life usually considered off limits to whites.
Soiling on the mat with some tears; surface scratches to the image and some browning.