The name of Chief Joseph is better known than that of any other Northwestern Indian. To him popular opinion has given the credit of conducting a remarkable strategic movement from Idaho to northern Montana in the flight of the Nez Perces in 1877. To what extent this is a misconception has been demonstrated in the historical effort to retain what was rightly their own makes an unparalleled story in the annals of the Indian’s resistance to the greed of the whites. That they made this final effort is not surprising. Indeed, it is remarkable that so few tribes rose in a last struggle against such dishonored and relentless objection. – E. S. Curtis –
One of Curtis’s two most famous portraits. Curtis greatly admired Chief Joseph, as did many other Indian and U.S. military leaders. They became friends. Curtis was broken hearted when Joseph died, or as the Native Americans say, “crossed over”.
– Mountain Hawk –