1860's Chippewa / Ojibwe Indian Chief Little Bee (ah-mous) Cdv Photo By Martin
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1860's Chippewa / Ojibwe Indian Chief Little Bee (ah-mous) Cdv Photo By Martin:
Very rare and original, 1860's, CDV Photograph of Native American Ojibwe (Chippewa) Indian Chief “Ah-Mous” (translates as "Little Bee"), principle Chief of the Lac-du-Flambeau Bands of Chippewa. Ah-mous (also spelled Ah-moose, or Ah-mose) was the son of the last great principle Chief of the Chippewa Wabish-gag-gaug-e (White Crow) and traveled with other Chippewa Chiefs to Washington D.C. to meet with President with President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 to discuss monies owed to the Chippewa under the treaties of 1837, 1842 and 1854.
This rare and original, CDV Photograph measures approx. 2 1/4” by 4 1/4” and is mounted on its original, square cornered photographer’s Card Mount (overall size of mount is 2 1/2” by 4”). Printed text on the card below the Photo reads as follows “Aw-Monse - (Little Bee) / Head Chief of Lac-du-Flambeau Bands of Chippewas” and “ From Martin’s Gallery of Minnesota Views, St. Paul”. Ah-Mous is shown seated in a photographer’s studio wearing the pants and frock coat of a union army soldier and holding a simply wonderful and very long catlinite pipe with gracefully carved, spiral form stem.
Ah-mous (Little Bee) was the head chief of the Lac-du-Flambeau Bands of Ojibwe (Chippewa). Warren Whipple Warren’s “History of the Ojibway People” discusses the ancestry and status of Ah-mous (or Ah-mose /Ah-moose). Warren writes: “Waub-ish-gang-aug-e (White Crow), the son and successor of Keesh-ke-mun, fully sustained the influence of his deceased father over the inland bands, till his death in 1847. His son Ah-mous (the Little Bee), though lacking the firmness, energy, and noble appearance of his fathers, and though their formerly large concentrated bands are now split up by the policy of the traders and United States agents into numerous small factions headed by new-made upstart chiefs, yet virtually, in the estimation of his tribe, he holds the first rank over the Lac-du-Flambeau and Chippeway River division, and his right to a first rank in the councils of his peoples is unquestioned.”.
Ah-Mous died on March 18th, 1866 while visiting Washington, D. C. to meet with President Andrew Johnson. He and two other Chippewa Cgiefs all contracted a sickness known at the time as the “black measles” - the other Chiefs recovered from this virulent, viral infection but Little Bee died of the illness.
This rare and wonderful, ca1865 CDV Photograph is in very good condition - the focus is sharp the contrast strong and the tonality rich. There is, however some thinning and surface loss along the left hand edge of the Photograph itself (not affecting the portrait area). The card mount is sound with light edge wear and similar surface thinning at the bottom right hand corner below the image
A very rare and simply wonderful, 1860's, CDV Photograph of Native American Ojibwe (Chippewa) Indian Chief “Ah-Mous” (Little Bee), and a fantastic addition to any collection!!
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