Item #365586 [Curly Bear, Chief of the Piegan Blackfeet, bust portrait seated in profile]. Native Americans, Fred R. Meyer, photographer.
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[Curly Bear, Chief of the Piegan Blackfeet, bust portrait seated in profile].

[Montana]: [ca. 1900].

Silver print. Approx. 6-3/4 x 4-3/4 inches. Matted Item #365586

"Relatively little is known about Fred R. Meyer (1874-1939), but from his photographic record it is clear that he was an amateur photographer who traveled extensively throughout the western United States, particularly in Montana and North Dakota possibly from 1890 to 1915. A handful of his Montana photographs were given to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center by Meyer's friend William P. Sargent. Meyer's notations on the versos of these prints are dated either 1902 or 1904. According to the Historical Center's records, Meyer was a surveyor but other sources indicate that he (also) worked as a butcher. It has also been suggested that he was associated in some way (perhaps as a clerk) with the Indian agencies that served the Apsáalooke, Pikuni, and Numakiki reservations. He apparently also photographed in Pine Ridge in 1907 and collected objects in Wyoming and Montana. On January 19, 1914, he gave a lantern slide lecture at the Rochester Historical Society entitled "Indian Life and Customs in the Great Northwest," and it appears that he was either originally from or eventually settled in Rochester" (Biographical note, Fred R. Meyer Collection, National Museum of the American Indian, NMAI.AC.032).

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