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University of Nebraska Press
Red Cloud (1821-1909) was the most photographed Native American of the nineteenth century. Here are 81 black-and-white photographs, along with a few related drawings. (An appendix lists the 47 photographs that are not reproduced here.) Some of the most famous American photographers of that era worked with Red Cloud, including Mathew Brady, Edward Curtis, Alexander Gardner, and Charles Bell. Goodyear, the assistant curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, informs us in his concise and informative introduction that Red Cloud's decision to face the camera as often as he did was motivated by his interest in serving as a mediator between the Oglala Indians and the federal government, using these occasions to speak to both the dominant culture and his own people. These portraits can be read as semi-autobiographical texts that reveal the hopes and anxieties Red Cloud confronted during this transitional moment in Lakota history. Goodyear's text offers readers a biographical and historical analysis of Red Cloud and his world. George Cohen
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"Goodyear, a ‘rising star’ photo historian, has gathered together the most comprehensive grouping of portraits of Red Cloud to date and presents them with an insightful perspective on this important nineteenth-century Native American and the world in which he lived."—Paula Richardson Fleming, author of Native American Photography at the Smithsonian: The Shindler Catalogue.
"In carefully nuanced readings of nearly a hundred portrait photographs of Red Cloud, Goodyear recovers not