Sitting Bull Cabinet Card by Bailey, Dix, and Mead
Studio portrait of Sitting Bull, Chief of the Hunkpapa Lakota and Wild West Show performer. Copyrighted on mount by Bailey, Dix, & Mead, 1882. With brief biography of the noted chief printed on verso.
Primarily known for his role in defeating General Custer, Taton Kaiyotonka (also known as Sitting Bull) sits for a portrait displayed in the Cabinet Card by Bailey, Dix, & Mead in 1882. After the battle, Sitting Bull headlined in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. The recto of the card reads:
"This noted Chief, With his band of Uncapapa Souix Indians, now prisoners of war at Fort Randall. D.T., is 43 years of age...Has had over 100 engagements with their natural enemies, the Crows, of which he proudly boasts, but is too shrewd to acknowledge to having killed any whites."
He retired from the show and returned to the Dakota Territory. Fearing another uprising of American Indian resistance, Indian Service agent James McLaughlin at Fort Yates ordered his arrest. He and a group of his supporters were shot by by Standing Rock policemen Lieutenant Bull Head and Red Tomahawk.
Soling on the top margin of the card