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I have returned from my trip to New Orleans, but the card I sent to myself has not returned yet. So instead I have these two cards that my mum sent to me from our cross-country trip.

Oglala war party

The first card shows an Oglala war party. The back of the card describes the practice of counting coups, harmless blows struck with a coup stick on other warriors in battle. Prestige was won not only by inflicting harm, but also through coups.


The second card shows a group of Sioux in the Badlands of South Dakota.

Both photographs were taken by Edward Curtis in 1907 and 1908, respectively. They were both sent from Rapid City, South Dakota.