Resignation: 1907

Resignation: 1907

U.S. allotting surveyor and his interpreter making an American citizen of Chief American Horse, Oglala Sioux. 1907 Native American photo, copyright Edward Truman. Old photos provided by LOC. Original Medium: photographic print


Resignation?

I think "defeat" describes the look on Chief American Horse's face much better than the word "resignation", don't you? That is one broken and beaten man sitting there. And he is thinking about the hundreds of men, women and children he reprensents, and what he is going to say to them when he returns home. He will stand before them as the big fire blazes after the feast, with all eyes gazing up at him, hoping for good news.He will have to tell them that the white man, once again, took it all. There is nothing left, and they will have to pack it all up and head even further north into the snow and winter chill they are not acclimated to. More children and old people will succumb to the elements, and more will starve. It is that or live on the barren reservation and die of whooping cough and small pox.
He feels he has failed.