E. A. Burbank Timeline Image - Chief Black-Coyote
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Chief Chief-Killer
Southern Cheyenne
Standing Soldier
Ogallala Sioux
Chief Naiche
who lives at Darlington, O.T., is now a convert and member of the "white man's church," and an influential man among his people. He has been a scout for the US Army. who lives at Pine Ridge, S.D. He is a brother-in-law of the famous Chief Blue Horse. is the hereditery head of the tribe. Mr. Burbank writes of him: "He is one of the very best Indians I know of, industrious and trustworthy." is the belle of the notorious Chief Geronimo's band of Apaches.
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1901 Calendar
Copyright © 1900, The Osborne Co. , N. Y. 
14 1/2" X 9 3/4"
Private Collection


Elbridge Ayer Burbank

Who is a native of Illinois, began his career as an art student in the old Academy of Design in Chicago, in 1874, and later studied in Paris and Munich. In the early Nineties he devoted himself to Negro portraiture, but since 1893 [note: should be 1897], when he was sent to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, by a wealthy Chicagoan [note: Burbank’s Uncle Edward Ayer], to paint the portrait of the notorious Apache Chief Geronimo, his specialty has been the American Indian, whom he has pained more truthfully and more successfully than any other artist. The importance of his work lies, not only in the artistic value of his pictures, but in the lasting service he has rendered to POSTERITY and to ETHNOLOGY in these permanent records of a unique and interesting people, whose racial distinctiveness is rapidly disappearing. "The Passing of Lo," in the last quarter century, is almost an accomplished fact, and civilization, with its invariable concomitants of store clothes and improved manners, is rapidly divesting the remnant of all picturesqueness, and, however much it may be elevating the Indians morally and intellectually, is rendering them, from the artistic point of view, common place and uninteresting. It has been Mr. Burbank' s aim to perpetuate representative types of representative tribes in characteristic costume, and, in order to thoroughly know his subjects, he has spent years among the various tribes, gaining their friendship and confidence; the result has been the intimate personal knowledge of the leading men, their customs, costumes, war implements, etc., that has enabled him to paint them with such wonderful fidelity; he has neither exaggerated, nor extenuated, but has made, for all posterity, faithful portraits of one of the most interesting and picturesque races of barbarians the world has ever known.
The reproduction on the front of this calendar is made from the original painting by the Stewart Process of Color Photography, and in color, form and texture is very accurate.
The "fitness of things" is subserved in the background, which is reproduced photographically from the skin of an American wildcat.