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Adalbert is a forum for me, to post ephemera, photography, poetry, occasional travel notes, and various spontaneous motions. Cover photo: Parsonage where my great-grandfather spent his early years. Taken near Liegnitz, Silesia, ca. 1870.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill Cody

This postcard shews Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux leader Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill Cody in 1885, during a tour of the Wild West, before a studio backdrop typical of the time. Their body languages and miens are opposed to each other.  Buffalo Bill looks upward as if seeing into the future, his hands arranged dramatically, one holding a rifle. Sitting Bull is pensive and his gaze turns inward.  The chief only lived another five years after this photograph was taken.


  1. Buffalo Bill had happenin' boots as well.

  2. Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake & William Frederick Cody. Impressive feathered war bonnet.

  3. Thanks Rob, I'd be hard pressed to pronounce Sitting Bull's real name! Or Geronimo's real name for that matter.