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Navajo (Second Phase) Chief's Blanket

Navajo (Second Phase) Chief's BlanketNavajo (Second Phase) Chief's BlanketNavajo (Second Phase) Chief's BlanketNavajo (Second Phase) Chief's Blanket

Hammer Price w/ BP

$162,000

Lot #: 121
Navajo (Second Phase) Chief's Blanket

circa 1860-1870. Late classic period. Handspun white, brown, indigo blue and red yarn.

Catalogue Note:

This photograph commemorates the meeting between the paleontologist Othniel Marsh and the Lakota chief Red Cloud in New Haven in 1883. While digging for fossils in Dakota Territory nine years earlier, Marsh observed and later reported to government officials and newspapers in the East the deplorable conditions and widespread corruption on several Native American reservations. Marsh had met Red Cloud on this trip and later invited him to visit his Connecticut home. The first professor of vertebrate paleontology in the United States, Marsh was a frequent member of western expeditions sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey. The fossils he and his team of assistants collected helped to build important collections at the Smithsonian and at Yale University's Peabody Museum.

44 x 59 in.
Provenance
Purportedly - Red Cloud, Sioux Chief (1822-1909). Othniel Charles Marsh (1831-1899). Rowenna Marsh Washburn Atwater (1899-1993). James P. Atwater, Rochester, New York
Auction Date
Sep 18, 2021

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