GREAT PRAIRIE INDIAN IMAGE – CABINET CARD OF A
WOMAN & CHILD – APPEARS TO BE OTOE, OSAGE, PAWNEE, OR
PONCA: This is a very nice cabinet card image
of a Native American Woman and child. Based on the
style of the extensive large element applied floral
beadwork on the woman’s dress and the child’s cradle,
this mother and infant are likely from the Osage, Otoe,
Pawnee, Ponca or Sauk and Fox Tribes. The design
elements of the beadwork are featured on the headpiece
of the cradle and on the woman’s dress yoke, belt, cuffs
The image measures 6 ½” by 4 ¼” and is in very good to
excellent condition with no fading or discoloration,
smooth clean edges, and no cracks or bends in the
board. The photographer is identified; having signed
this image in a contrasting ink along the bottom black
border “J. G. McCarty, GREENVILLE, TN”. There is also
the printed word “PHOTO” in this same area. There is no
stamp or other information on the reverse of the card.
These Native American mother and child images are quite
popular and are becoming increasingly difficult to find,
particularly those images depicting any tribes other
than the more heavily photographed Sioux, Crow, etc.
Images of the Prairie tribes are just not as plentiful.