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Shooting cattle at Standing Rock Indian Agency
Shooting cattle at Standing Rock Indian Agency
TitleShooting cattle at Standing Rock Indian Agency
Date of Original1879
CreatorRogers, W. A. (William Allen), 1854-1931
Creator RoleIllustrator
DescriptionPanoramic view of cattle being killed in fenced corral in distance with men, women and children, together with horses, in foreground near fence. In distance are tepees on hillside. Also visible are several travois.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectIndians of North America
Subject (LCTGM)Stockyards
Bows (Archery)
Subject (LCSH)Indians of North America - Children
Indians of North America - Food
Indians of North America - Men
Indians of North America - Women
Indians of North America - Subsistence activities
LocationStanding Rock Indian Reservation (N.D. and S.D.)
Sioux County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberFolio 102.InS72.6
Format of OriginalLithographs
Color images
Dimensions of Original40 x 55 cm.
Publisher of OriginalHarper's Magazine Co.
Place of PublicationNew York (N.Y.)
Transcription"Shooting Cattle at an Indian Agency. Our double-page engraving represents a stirring scene at an Indian agency - the shooting of Texas cattle in a corral. This takes place every ten days, and the Indians look upon it as splendid sport. The cattle belonging to the agency are secured in a large corral, and several Indians, selected by the agent, and armed with repeating rifles, are stationed at different points around the inclosure to shoot down the imprisoned herd. Others take positions on the fence, and with arrows and tomahawks excite the cattle to fury. The Indians grow wild with the sport, and fire so recklessly that the position of the spectators often becomes dangerous. Stray bullets sometimes whiz in unpleasant proximity to their ears, and fatal accidents are known to have occurred on these occasions. When all the cattle have been shot down there is a grand rush for tongues, each Indian being allowed to keep as many as he can secure. The scene is indescribable. Armed with sharp knives and howling like a crowd of demons, the savages rush pell-mell over the prostrate bodies, cutting out the tongues with two dexterous strokes. Sometimes, however, a wounded steer will suddenly bound to its feet and send its tormentors flying through the air. As shown in our picture, these shootings are attended by large crowds of Indians. In the lower right-hand corner of the sketch stands a pony with a 'travois, ' the body of which is formed of light branches curved into a rough circle, and fastened by a net-work of rawhide. This rude vehicle is attached to the pony's saddle by means of poles. It is loaded with the usual outfit of Indian domestic utensils - a water-keg, a kettle, and a tea-cup. On the saddle hangs a drinking cup. On another 'travois' in our sketch sits a squaw helping a child build a miniature tepee, or tens - an amusement at which Indian children play as white children build block houses. Next comes a Catholic priest from the school at the post. Just beyond him an Indian has picked up a dog that has been shot by a stray bullet from the corral, and the crowd is hastily scattering from the dangerous neighborhood. In the centre we see a couple of dogs harnessed to a 'travois, ' and near them a pony loaded with willow twigs to be used in packing the meat. An army officer has just driven up to the scene on a 'buckboard, ' the swell equipage of an Indian post. The sketches described were made by Mr. Rogers at Standing Rock Agency." - Article that accompanied the illustration.
NotesNote from caption with image.
A black and white version also in collection.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionDakota Lithographs and Engravings Collection Folio 102
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (Folio 102.InS72.6)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Digital IDrsL00075Full.jp2
Original SourceHarper's Weekly, Feb. 22, 1879. p. 148-149.
Digital AlterationsMaster scan made up of two scans stitched together.
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