Caption identifies sitters as Eagle of Light, Nez Percé; Joseph, Nez Percé; and (Smohollah). However, Bill Gulick in Chief Joseph Country: Land of the Nez Percé, 1981, identifies sitters in this image as Billy Carter, Ollokot (Chief Joseph's brother) and Middle Bear. Photographed by Chas. W. Phillips, c 1877.
I am very glad there are these amazing photos
of Indians from back in the day.....
But it makes my heart sad to know that
they were primped up and did so
only because they were paid and were
very desperate for the money.
And then some photographer went
on the make much more money from the images.