About: Michelle Delaney

Michelle Delaney is director of the Smithsonian Consortia for the American Experience and World Cultures and the author of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Warriors: A Photographic History by Gertrude Käsebier. She wrote this article for What It Means to Be American, a national conversation hosted by the Smithsonian and Zócalo Public Square.

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Chief Iron Tail
Intimate Portraits of American Indians

19th-century photographer Gertrude Käsebier had the then-unheard-of notion to portray Native as individuals, not as caricatures. Her stunning results were not always appreciated More