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Big Bow’s pipe, quiver, arrows, and pipe sack.  Big Bow, a Kiowa warrior, participated in an 1872 raid of a government mule train led by Santanta in which seven teamsters and three Indians were killed.  Skirmishes increased between the U.S. 4th Cavalry and the Kiowa and Comanche Indians.  The 4th Cavalry stepped up their campaign under the orders of General Sherman.  This resulted in the surrender of Big Bow at Ft. Sill when his people ran out of provisions.  Big Bow stole a wife from Santanta and later gave him ponies as payment.  Original print, 5x7.  Photographer’s board: Irwin, Chickasha, I.T. (negative only), Undated

 Item — Box: Photo W-2, item: 122

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Black and white original and copy prints of the towns of Guthrie, Edmond, El Reno, Oklahoma City, Perry, Kingfisher and Anadarko, Oklahoma. Scenes of farming, railroads, mining, outlaws, the U.S. Army, Boomers, the University of Oklahoma and businesses are included, along with those of Cheyenne, Shawnee, Wichita, Apache, Potawatomi, Kickapoo, Comanche, Kiowa, Pawnee, Osage, Wyandotte, Ponca, Iroquois, Seminole and Iowa Indians.


  • Creation: Undated


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From the Collection: 195 items (195 items)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English Lang