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Published on Aug 10, 2012
I'm appearing at the James Harold Gallery in Tahoe City California the first two weeks of August. As found in Wikipedia, Wolf Robe (b. 1838-1841, d. 1910, Oklahoma) was a Southern Cheyenne chief and a holder of Benjamin Harrison Peace Medal. During the late 1870s he was forced to leave the open plains and relocate his tribe on to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian Reservation in Indian Territory. He was awarded the Benjamin Harrison Peace Medal in 1890 for his assistance in the Cherokee Commission. F. A. Rinehart photographed the chief in 1898, Lancy DeGill photographed him in 1909. The iconic portrait photographs of Wolf Robe have been popular throughout the last century. Numerous painters and sculptors have, in turn, created artworks based upon these photographs. Although it is unlikely, some people believe his was the model for the Indian Head nickel.