Jun 05, 2008 - Sale 2148

Sale 2148 - Lot 18

Price Realized: $ 210
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400
AN ADOPTED MEMBER OF THE BLACKFEET (AMERICAN INDIANS.) Schultz, James Willard. Typed Letter Signed to George Bird Grinnell. 4to, chipped and worn at margins, slight separation at folds. Bozeman, MT, 11 February 1929

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Schultz had gone to Montana as a young man, married a Blackfoot woman, joined the Blackfeet Nation, took the name Apikuni, and published several books about his experiences. In this letter, he reminisces with an old frontier colleague, addressed as "Dear Pinutoyi Istsimokan." He recalls fellow frontiersman Joseph "Joe Butch" Henkel as "terribly unreliable," adding that "the Indians did not like him." He also describes a recent visit by Blackfeet member Eli Guardipee, praising his command of both the English and Blackfeet languages; hopes to serve as a witness for the congressional investigation of the Indian Bureau; and discusses Blackfeet tobacco, claiming that he was the first white man allowed to examine the tribal tobacco garden.