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Studio portrait of Dakota (Sioux) woman [possibly the wife of Sitting Eagle, last Dakota Peace Chief of Turtle Mountain]. 





Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1 photograph
Positive - paper - silver
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-029555
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
90: Open
Other accession no.
1966-094 NPC

Terms of use

Credit: Canada. Patent and Copyright Office / Library and Archives Canada / PA-029555
Restrictions on use: Nil
Copyright: Expired

Additional name(s)

Additional information

The woman's family is the subject of current research by Boissevain & Morton Regional Library.

At least one person, now 90, recalls meeting her and her husband, who died in 1944.

In 1909, her reserve, No. 60 Turtle Mountain, was being dismantled by the Federal government.

Sitting Eagle and his grandfather He'Dami'Mani [Rattles as he Walks] were the only households to refuse to sign the dismantling and settlement in 1910.

Sitting Eagle represented the Dakota Sioux to a multi-national council including Dakota, Assiniboine, Hidatsa, Mandan, Cree, Ojibway and Saulteaux.

Mrs. Sitting Eagle may have occupied a similar position with respect to women, thus being possibly the highest ranking Dakota woman in Canada at this time.

Series title

Exhibitions note
Aboriginal Portraits; Ed Tompkins, Jeffrey Thomas; National Archives: 1996.06.18-1996.11

Signatures and inscriptions
A Sioux squaw


Other system control no.