Now this is a really unusual card from my Grandfather’s collection simply because it is the only card amongst the entire collection with any connection to Canada or America. The card is from 1906 and has no postage stamp on the reverse, so I assume that it was sent in an envelope. The card was sent to my Grandmother Ines Maude Bailey nee: Smith, but the name of the sender is illegible.
I tried to research Crow Eagle and was able to find very little about the man on Google. However, one site had a small amount of information on him. It would appear that he was born in the early 1830’s and was the son of a Brule warrior named Big Warrior who was a Creek Indian Chief. The Brule Sioux Tribe lived along the Missouri River in South Dakota from what I can research. This literally sums up my lack of knowledge of Native American history, but as a rank outsider I have gone through life thinking that a Sioux tribe and a Creek tribe were two different people, but apparently not. It would be fascinating to delve more into the history and connection between the Native American people.
During the 1850’s Crow Eagle married a Two Kettle Sioux woman who appears to be a daughter of the headman named Fat. Crow Eagle and his wife settled at the Cheyenne River Agency and they had at least two children: Paul Crow Eagle b. 1855 and George Crow Eagle b. 1858.
Crow Eagle and his wife could not be identified in the 1886 Census and it is assumed that they had died by that time. When asked if their father had ever been a headman, Crow Eagles sons had said no.
The above picture of Crow Eagle was taken by E. S. Curtis and it is noted that he is a Blackfoot Indian and again, I don’t know if the Blackfoot people are separate from the Sioux people or the Brule, or even the Creek People. Isn’t it fascinating that the face of a little known Native American/Canadian Indian found it’s way into the postcard collection of my grand parents living halfway around the world in Australia. I would dearly love to learn more of the history behind these names.