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Oklahoma Photograph - Chief  Red Bird by Larry Keahey

Chief Red Bird is a photograph by Larry Keahey which was uploaded on March 31st, 2009.

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This is so cool - you may have more info than the experts do?

Go Larry! Don't ya just love a good Challenge! And like I stated before - this photograph is Fabulous!

Larry Keahey replied:

Thanks Juls... I think I found the name of his wife today. Red Bird and Twenty Woman/Standing Medicine had a daug. born 10-16-1906, named Emma Red Bird. Births from Undated Pages Found In 1902 C

Mr. Kiehy, Here is a site with info on chief Red Bird. This includes his birth and death dates.... M MacNeal

Larry Keahey replied:

Michele... I have been trying to find some information about Chief Red Bird that might give me verification that this photo is the chief. But to date I have not. My dad is no longer around to ask about this photo, so I have only gone by what he wrote on the negative. Dad was a very honest person, who I have never doubted. But with that said, I donít want to present a description or title that canít be authenticated, so I will deleted the name Chief Red Bird and try to find out who this person is. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. LK

Larry Keahey replied:

Michele... I did find a 1941 article from Watonga, Oklahoma with a picture of Chief Red Bird standing outside their Post Office to protest a mural painted on the interior wall. Here's a copy of article from Monday, June 23, 1941: Cheyenne Indians, in complete tribal regalia, picketed the U.S. post office at Watonga, Okla. Inside was a mural by Edith Mahier of the University of Oklahoma, depicting their ancestors under the reign of Chief Roman Nose. Explained 71-year-old Chief Red Bird: "Picture not like Roman Nose. Breech clout too short, look like Navajo. Roman Nose's baby look like stumpy pig. No good. It stinks." Read more:,9171,851185,00.html

Larry Keahey replied:

We noticed that if the chief was 71 in 1941, so by the time my dad took this photo in the early 50's would make him 80 something, which by looking at his face look about the same. In the photo you can see a triangle shaped symbol on his head band which matches the same headdress in the Watonga 1941 photograph. With this find, I believe that the information my father wrote on the edge of this photoís negative is correct till proven false. I will add Chief Red Birdís name in this photos title and description. Thanks for the challenge to find this information. LK

Whatever the answer is - this is great photo! I love the Black and White! Congratulations!

Larry Keahey replied:

Thank you Juls...I love my dad's old b

Mr. Kiehey, Considering Chief Red Bird was alive from 1721-1822, how could your father have taken this photo "in the 50's"? (as noted in description on this page)

Larry Keahey replied:

Michele, I only went by what my dad wrote next to the negative as to subject, where and when. I didn't check for accuracies. Could there be more than one Chief Red Bird in history? I also have a second photo of the Chief and his wife (unknown name) taken at the same time. If you have any information about this Chief and/or his wife, we’d love to hear about it.

Very Cool!

Thank you so much for your comment on my Out Of Bounds image. Well, if you wanna know the tecnique I will offcourse send you a tutorial on how its done. I just have to make one first :-) I love this photo that your father took. We have to remember their history!

Now I read that your father took this shot. In any case, I like all your entries on FAA. Shine on, Anne

Larry, Thanks for your comment on my "fancy" photograph. I enjoy all your work. You really find great captures for photography. I will return to your site often. I like this & your other work as well.

Truly incredible shot!

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