Note: Tintypes are
reversed prints, just like you see yourself in the mirror. This
photo is laterally flipped for a more accurate image.
be given to the age of the wound. This photo was taken in 1877, over
10 years after the shooting. The picture shows the left
cheek is more distinct than the right. The skin is whitened from an
old scar below the left nostril to the corner of the mouth. It may
be argued that this face has "a slightly haughty cast."
A Chief's Blanket: The photo shows a man with a blanket draped over his arm for maximum presentation. When he surrendered, Crazy Horse's most prized possession was a red chief's blanket. If this is Crazy Horse, he would make sure his blanket was properly presented in the photograph. Mari Sandoz stated that Crazy Horse carried his red blanket folded over his arm as he walked (unwittingly) to the guardhouse, where he was bayoneted by Private Gentles.
Earrings: are common among the Lakota. Each person had their own style. The person in the picture has short, shell earrings, consistent with those known to be worn by Crazy Horse as an outgrowth of his vision.
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