ALVORD. Captain Alvord’s scouting reports (November 22, 26, 1868, before the battle of the Washita happened) expressly state that Clara Blinn and her son were with Cheyennes. On 11-22, “at the Cheyenne camp there is a white woman and her child.” On 11-26, “the white woman held captive at that camp is Clara Blinn.” discussion: These reports, which are a very strong proof that the Blinns were in Black Kettle’s village, are not used by Hardorff in his book. Greene, Washita, page 255 note 28
HAZEN. Hazen wrote (1869) that trader Griffinstein’s wife, Cheyenne Jenny, died. Griff sent word to Black Kettle’s camp, where Cheyenne Jenny’s mother lived. Black Kettle himself came to see Hazen about the woman’s estate. The boy who delivered the initial message to Black Kettle and Jenny’s mother noticed a white woman in Black Kettle’s camp. He told Hazen about it. Hazen sent a mixed-blood boy, Cheyenne Jack, to Black Kettle’s camp with pencil and paper, so the white woman could identify herself. The white woman wrote the letter on Nov. 7, identifying herself as Clara Blinn and stating she was “with the Cheyennes.” discussion: A very strong proof that Clara Blinn was not with Yellow Bear or any other tribe. Hardorff doesn’t mention that Cheyenne Jack came to Black Kettle’s camp to see Blinn. Hardorff, Washita, page 289. Gregory Michno, A Fate Worse than death, page 152
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Post by custersfreckles on Feb 9, 2008 5:52:31 GMT -5
Stop making Blinn your poster child for Native American abuse and depredations. You don't get beyond this bleeding sexual horror, do you? She lived, she died--tragically. She lived nowhere near a perfect existance, but her life and death is not your toy to manipulate into a sick interpretation of Osama Bin Laden. Get over it. Both you and Jeff Broome, who I have met.
Nice picture--I especially appreciate the continuous line from head to neck to shoulder.
Mel, what line? I see what looks like a gray line between her right eye and ear which looks to go downward. Is that it? Anyway, that old a picture is likely to have been folded for some time, assuming it was not a reproduction of a photo.
I'll rephrase that...very nice looking woman. Especially when one knows what a 19th century wetplate camera can do to one's visage. She photographed quite well. Of course as you say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder; but I'd certainly ride out of my way for her.
Post by custersfreckles on Feb 10, 2008 12:50:10 GMT -5
The ability was there ... in fact, the first photgraphs taken the the Niepce (I think that's their name) brothers in France, 1830s were colour. It is a little weird to see; I mean we have been so used to seeing black and white. From what I understand, the gripe against colour is the developing process--it's a pain in the butt. I know a gang of professional photographers and not one of them will process colour film at home.