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Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors Paperback – September 25, 2007

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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About the Author

Michelle Delaney is associate curator of the Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Paul, and their two sons.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition/First Printing edition (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061129771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061129773
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,924,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harvey Lutske on February 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
The superior photographs in this book speak for themselves, much better than the author does. Whereas these photographic portraits show Plains Indians (just about all Lakota Sioux I would venture) as real people and individuals with depth, but of a different culture, the author's accompanying captions are quite poor, inconsistent in description, and almost simplistic or condescending. In some photos the author describes the subject's clothing and accoutrements (bonnets, vests, weapons, etc). In other photos, she describes nothing, or little, and not necessarily accurately. The captions of Kills First (pg. 56-57) talks about his "feathers, beads and medallions of his attire." This reads like some ethnocentric 1840s missionary's description, not what I'd expect from an "associate curator at the Smithsonian's Natural Museum of American History" (per the dust jacket). Kills First is wearing a single eagle feather in the upright 1st coup position, his "medallions" are typical small mirrors or reflective discs on an otter sash trimmed with porcupine quill work, as is the quilled medicine wheel tied in his hair with dyed fluffs attached. In other captions she talks about "full, feathered headress." This is throughout the book. Stilted descriptions. Yet, all in all, for the potraitures alone, the book is worth purchasing.
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Format: Paperback
This is essentially a photographic book, that's why I'm giving it 4 starts. The photos are beautiful. They really are. Not only because of the subject matter, or the esthetic behind them (they are truly artistic in many respects), but also because I the photographer caught the soul of these men in her pictures. They are not just fine photos, they are real portraits of PEOPLE.

What made me take one star away is the text. It's really disappointing, at least for me. Yes, it gives basic info about Gertrude Kasebier, her life and her carrier, and also basic info about Buffalo Bill Cody and his show, and this is all good. But everything's so superficial. In places, I even had the impression it could be romanticized (I can't tell it for sure, but this is the feeling I got).
Correspondence between Kasebier and Cody, and between Kasebier and some of the Indians portrayed here is mentioned, some is said to have lasted for years. Still nothing is ever quoted. That was particularly annoying for me, because I felt as if I didn't have the possibility to consider those letters by myself. I had to relay on the author's opinion... and that might be why I had that romanticizing feeling.

Anyway, jus the photos are well worth the money.
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Pretty good art reference for Native American features as well as regalia and apparel. Then you really don`t how authentic it is... as Buffalo Bill was a showman and might have leaned toward flamboyant.
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Before purchasing this book one should look it over closely;otherwise they might be disappointed.If your interest is in the famous Buffalo Bill and his show;you won't find much about it here.If your interest is in Indians of the Old West,such as you get with the famous Edward Curtis,you'll find the photographs very narrow in scope;as it deals only with Indians of the Show.
What this book really is ,is about the collection and work of Gertrude Kasebier in the Smithonian.This was a very accomplished artist,and a groundbreaking photographer for her time;who concentrated on the Indians in Wild Bill's Show.The artist did most of her work in her studio in New York;and there is no mention if she ever travelled to the West to meet,understand and photograph her subjects.The same about the author ,who seems to have put this book together solely from the confines of the Smithonian.The text is totally lacking in imagination and reading the book is about as exciting as reading a Museum collection brochure or the information that accompanies works,and posted as signs on the wall.
No doubt ,the artist had a passion for photographing her subjects,but what she was trying to do is advance Photography as an art form rather than simply recording these peoplewith photographs.
There is a bit of biography on Gertrude Kasebier,again not greatly researched or with any passion that would make the reader want to find out more about her.Then there is the text accompanying the photographs themselves,but not informative,and enlightning or whatever;and just falls flat.As to documents ,drawings,copies of programs and pages from Wild Bill's Route-Book;they are simply are just included and without any comments or explanation.
Many of the Photographs are excellent and the artist shows she was able to capture the subject and even their thoughts.
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