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Sioux Warriors: The Long Struggle

October 31, 2016 Leave a comment


Halloween, the Day the Dead Walk; RT has been dealing with some ghosts of his own as we approach the end of the Celtic year, which may explain why out of the blue he checked out Larry McMurtry’s fine short biography of Crazy Horse, the famous Sioux warrior. Not much is known about Crazy Horse himself (though we do know that he was averse to being photographed), but quite a bit is known about the Sioux people and their struggle to save their land and way of life from encroaching settlers. And perhaps no survival from that long fight is more remarkable than this group portrait of many of the principal Sioux leaders. Though these men were active for decades, they are best remembered for their participation in the famous Great Sioux War of 1876, which gave us the Battle of the Little Bighorn, aka Custer’s Last Stand.

Hold on to your hats, folks, here they are:

Seated, L to R: Yellow Bear, Red Cloud, Big Road, Little Wound, Black Crow.

Standing, L to R: Red Bear, Young Man Afraid of his Horse, Good Voice, Ring Thunder, Iron Crow, White Tail, Young Spotted Tail.

To give the reader some idea of the scope of these men’s lives, RT offers a pair of brief biographical notes:

Red Cloud (1822-December 10, 1909). Best known as the leader of Red Cloud’s War (1866-1868); fought to protect the Powder River country from encroachment by whites. The Sioux were victorious, in particular winning the Fetterman Fight, one of the worst defeats the U.S. Army experiencing during its struggle with the Sioux. Also prominent as a negotiator and diplomat on behalf of the Sioux, including the negotiation of the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868).

Young Man Afraid Of His Horses (1836-July 13, 1893). Fought during Red Cloud’s War. A prominent Indian negotiator, active until the end of the Sioux wars in the early 1890s and especially in the aftermath of the Wounded Knee Massacre.

As the Dakota access pipeline protests bear witness to, the long struggle of the Sioux to preserve their traditional way of life is not yet over.

Photograph: Red Cloud and Other Sioux. circa 1860-1880. Library of Congress. WikiCmns. Public Domain.


Babes in Toyland, 1903

February 14, 2014 Leave a comment

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Some fun on a snowy night:  William Norris as one of the living “toy soldiers” from the 1903 production of the operetta, “Babes in Toyland.” Enjoy!   RT


Photograph:  from the original production of Babes in Toyland, 1903. WikiCmns. Public Domain.



super sleepy

October 9, 2013 2 comments


october invites naps…  RT

(reposted from carrieblueberry)


super sleepy.

Lingering Dreams–Ferdinand of Bulgaria

October 3, 2013 6 comments

Dreams have a way of lingering. The last remnants of the Second Bulgarian Empire were absorbed by the expanding Ottoman Empire in 1396, at which point Bulgaria became one of the (many) nations ruled by the Ottoman Turks. But the heart of Bulgarian culture remained intact and reemerged when Bulgaria won de facto independence from Turkey in 1878. The second ruler of the newly reemerged state (and the first to take the title Tsar, or King) was Ferdinand I (1861-1948), whose portrait is at left.

Ferdinand was elected prince-regent in 1887, a romantic time; rapidly, however, things became more pragmatic and bellicose. He steered Bulgaria through the Balkan Wars (Bulgaria was on the winning side in the first war, but lost the second). He abdicated in favor of his son, Boris, in 1918, to save the Bulgarian throne. His sexual adventures had caused a long-running scandal. But, more importantly, after losing the the Second Balkan War, Bulgaria, as one of the Central Powers, was on the losing side in the First World War. Lest present-day readers think him frivolous, Ferdinand helped expand Bulgarian territory during the First Balkan War and lived to see the execution of his younger son, Kiril, by the newly proclaimed People’s Republic of Bulgaria in 1945.

The communist regime in Bulgaria collapsed in 1989, just five years after the death of Ferdinand’s elder daughter, Eudoxia. In 2001, Simeon II, Ferdinand’s grandson, who had reigned during his minority as Tsar from 1943-1946, was elected Prime Minister of a newly democratic Bulgaria. Simeon remained in office until 2005, during which time his country joined NATO and political and economic conditions visibly improved.



RT’s Related Posts: 1) The Russian Alphabet (Part 2); 2) Moscow Memories


Photo: Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria in his younger days; royal photographer. WikiCmns; Public Domain


first self portrait

September 12, 2013 1 comment

beautiful work, this…   RT

(reposted from Georgina Ann)

first self portrait.

Inupiat Family–Edward S. Curtis

August 23, 2013 6 comments

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What a sweet photo! Edward Curtis does it again!   RT

RT’s Related Posts: 1) Cahto Woman, California.

Photo: Inupiat Family from Noatak, Alaska (1929); Edward S. Curtis. LOC restoration; Public Domain.


Friday and Saturday

August 11, 2013 Leave a comment



wonderful portraits for a Sunday afternoon…RT

(reposted from This isn’t for you.)


Friday and Saturday.

Beauty Contestants

ya gotta love it…  RT

(reposted from The Elemental Eye)

Beauty Contestants.

Eyes speak

April 9, 2013 3 comments


indeed, they do… RT

(reposted from Ajaytao 2010)


Eyes speak.