January 31, 2009

Seeking Crazy Horse photo

Show in search of the truth behind the face of Crazy HorseA Rapid City man believes he may own the only photograph of acclaimed Lakota leader Crazy Horse. This week, public television's "History Detectives" brought their research hounds to the Black Hills to interview several sources, including family members.

"This is a fun story to do," producer Elyse Luray said Wednesday.

The "History Detectives" started researching six weeks ago in the extensive photo archives of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. The program investigates facts, myths and mysteries connected to interesting objects, family legends and local folklore, she said.

According to historian and author Donovin Sprague, an American Indian Studies instructor at Crazy Horse Memorial and Black Hills State University, the photograph belongs to Tim Giago, former publisher and editor of Indian Country Today and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Native Documentaries and News.

Below:  The photo in question? Or one of the false claimants?

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