Pend'Orielle Man In Eagle Headdress Poses With Rifle

This wonderful photo shows Filipe (also knows as Kut-tum-ski-ee), a Pend'Orielle man.  The subject is posing with a rifle and in full eagle-feather headdress next to a tipi.  

The picture was taken by photographer Edward H. Boos, born in Kentucky but a nearly lifelong Montana resident known for his beautiful portraits of Native Americans.  Among his other achievements, Boos was along for the famous "bicycle corps" expedition of 1897, when the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps travelled from Fort Missoula to St. Louis, Missouri, a trip of some 1900 miles, all on bicycle.  

Not much, by contrast, is known about the subject of the photograph, though his finery and his headdress would seem to bespeak someone of great importance within the tribe.

Be sure to click on the picture to zoom in and inspect the details!


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