Large Outdoor Group Photograph of Native Americans
A striking group image of Native Americans, possibly Cheyenne and Arapaho attending an outdoor council in Indian Territory with an Indian Agent. While the location is not identified, the grounds include several buildings, and might be the Seger Indian School Colony founded in 1886 by John H. Seger, in Washita County, Indian Territory. The man who might be the Indian Agent is holding a baby. The rather large group consists of about 70 individuals. Approximately fifteen Native American men, possibly elders, are seated in a row under the shade of trees. Many of the seated men have placed their hats on their laps, enhancing an already dignified pose. Several of the seated Native American men face the photographer head-on. The remaining people in the image (mostly with their hats on) are either leaning against tree trunks or seated on the ground. A complex of five or six wooden buildings can be seen in the background, including a two-story structure, possibly a school or dormitory. A pair of horses and a carriage can also be seen in the distance. The image is not signed and the photographer is not identified.