NATIVE AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHS
Early 20th century set of three photographs depicting Sioux Native Americans, one wearing glasses, and one self portrait of Frank Bennett Fiske (AMERICAN, 1883-1952).
Each professionally framed.
Fiske was apprenticed to Stephen T. Fansler, the post photographer at Fort Yates. When Fansler abandoned the studio in 1900, Fiske took over, aged 17, following into the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors, the legendary photographers Orlando Scott Goff and David Francis Barry. He continued to operate his studio, primarily at Fort Yates, until his death in 1952. Around the same time at the turn of the century, Frank’s parents moved to a ranch near Fort Rice. Having grown up among the Lakota people of Standing Rock Indian Reservation Frank developed a great interest and admiration about the Sioux nation, their history and culture documenting many aspects of their lives through his photography. He was fascinated listening to the stories of the old warriors. In 1917 he published his first book “The Taming of the Sioux”. In 1918 Fiske enlisted in the army and briefly served in World War I, albeit he was not sent overseas. The following year, on his birthday he married Angela Cournoyer, a direct descendant of chief Forked Horn and fur trader Joseph Picotte. In 1921, their only daughter Francine was born. In 1933 Fiske published his second book, “Life and Death of Sitting Bull”. Among Fiske's photographs is one of Red Tomahawk, Sitting Bull’s assassin, which later was reproduced and now is on North Dakota highway markers.
Frank Bennett Fiske (Photographer)
Date of Manufacture
Early 20th Century
Materials and Techniques
Wear consistent with age and use
17.75 in.Hx15 in.Wx.75 in.D
45 cmHx38 cmWx2 cmD
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