Decorated Blackfoot Indian Tipis, C. 1900

In 1896 Walter McClintock traveled as a photographer for a federal commission investigating national forests. McClintock became friends with the expedition’s Blackfoot Indian scout, William Jackson or Siksikakoan. When the commission completed its field work, Jackson introduced McClintock to the Blackfoot community of northwestern Montana. Over the next twenty years, supported by the Blackfoot elder Mad Wolf, McClintock made several thousand photographs of the Blackfoot, their homelands, their material culture, and their ceremonies.

McClintock believed that Indian communities were undergoing swift, dramatic transformations that might obliterate their traditional culture. He sought to create a record of a life-way that might disappear. He wrote books, mounted photographic exhibitions, and delivered numerous public lectures about the Blackfoot.

Thank you to the Beinecke Library Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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~ by The 1955 Hudson on October 12, 2011.

2 Responses to “Decorated Blackfoot Indian Tipis, C. 1900”

  1. Awesome photos! We love painted tipis.

  2. Sisikakoan (william Jackson) is my great grandfather.

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