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The burial of Piute Jack, at the spot where he fell in a battle in Cottonwood Wash in the mesa country southwest of Bluff, March 1915
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
5 15/16 x 7 15/16 in. (15.08 x 20.16 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.598

Purchased by the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College on August 12, 2020 from Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

Indian Uprising in Utah: The burial of Piute Jack at the very spot where he fell, riddled with deputies' bullets, in a battle in Cottonwood Wash in the mesa country southwest of Bluff. More than 150 Paiutes under the leadership of Old Polk are carrying on warfare against the authorities and raiding the ranches in the vicinity. The uprising began with the flight of Tse-N-Gat, son of Old Polk, and a fugitive murderer of a Mexican. Old Bull and his band are trying to keep his son from being captured, The Bluff War, Utah.

The Bluff War, also known as the Posey War of 1915, or the Polk and Posse War, was one of the last armed conflicts between the United States and Native Americans. It began in March 1914. It was the result of an incident between a Utah shepherd and Tse-ne-gat, the son of the Paiute Chief Narraguinnep (Polk). Notably, it involved Chief Posey and his band of renegades, who helped Polk fight a small guerrilla war against local Mormon settlers and Navajo policemen. The conflict centered on the town of Bluff, Utah. It ended in March 1915, when Polk and Posey surrendered to the United States Army.

Sheet: 6 9/16 x 8 1/2

Ferrotyped prints are processed in such a way that they are shiny. The print has a sensitive surface, usually thinner, because it was put through a press while still wet.

Ferrotyped prints have a sensitive surface, usually shiny and thinner, because they are put through a press while still wet. Ferrotyping makes the surface of the photograph smoother. Light does not scatter as much on a smoother surface, so this increases contrast. That makes ferrotyped images better for press photography.

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