man kneeling on the left looks like the Brule Chief
Two Strike, although I don't recognize the other two.
Despite the words "Rain-In-The-Face" that
are written beside the man standing, he doesn't resemble
any photographic image that I have seen of the famous
Hunkpapa warrior who bore that name. ~
am aware of only one other Lakota image in which an
identical fan appears. Also in the Taylor Collection
on SIRIS is a photograph of the Oglala Lakota headman
Slow Bull Tatanka Hunkesni (c1823-1904). The only
delegation that I am aware that Slow Bull participated
in was for 1872, suggesting that the unidentified
image was also taken that year.
As to the identification of the image, I sent it to
a few friends. One suggested that the man in the immediate
left is Charger, prominent Sans Arc headman from Cheyenne
River Agency. I do not have any photographs of him
with which to compare. He also suggested that the
man on the right is the Brule Gassy. After looking
at Gardner's 1872 portraits of Gassy, I am not certain.
It is an intreguing image -- wish we knew more! ~
fan in the Slow Bull photo seems identical.