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Bill Groethe photographs of surviviors of the Battle of Little Big Horn

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Groethe, Bill, 1923-  Search this
Beard, Dewey  Search this
Black Elk, 1863-1950  Search this
10 Mounted prints (silver gelatin)
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Minneconjou Lakota (Minniconjou Sioux)  Search this
Oglala Lakota (Oglala Sioux)  Search this
Lakota (Teton/Western Sioux)  Search this
Hunkpapa Lakota (Hunkpapa Sioux)  Search this
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Mounted prints
Custer State Park (S.D.)
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs made by Bill Groethe depicting a reunion of survivors of the Battle of Little Big Horn at Custer State Park, South Dakota, on September 2, 1948. The survivors depicted include Little Warrior, Pemmican, Little Soldier, Dewey Beard, High Eagle, Iron Hawk, Comes Again, and Nicholas Black Elk. John Sitting Bull, though not a survivor himself, was present to represent Sitting Bull, his adoptive father.
Biographical/Historical note:
William M. Groethe (b. 1923) is a professional photographer from Rapid City, South Dakota, known for his photographs of Mount Rushmore and his portrait of the last survivors of the 1876 Battle of Little Big Horn. Mentored by fellow Rapid City photographers Carl Rise and Bert Bell, Groethe was the only professional photographer in attendance at the reunion of the Battle of the Little Big Horn survivors. Both Rapid City and the State of South Dakota declared September 2, 2009 as William M. Groethe Day in honor of the 61st anniversary of the Little Bighorn photo.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 92-14
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Groethe's photograph, entitled "Lakota Moon of the Longest Night," held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 2002-02.
The collection is open for research. Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Copyright retained by Bill Groethe. Contact the repository for terms of use and access.
Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876  Search this
Photo Lot 92-14, Bill Groethe photographs of surviviors of the Battle of Little Big Horn, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives