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The reverse of this postcard has a handwritten name, perhaps a signature: "Julia Wades In Water"
FLATHEAD INDIANS MISSOULA, MONT.
Imprinted on the front: "Thos. B. Magee Browning, Mont."
Handwritten notation on reverse: "This 4th of July celebration at Browning Mont. on the Blackfoot Indian reservation. July 4th 1909"
Chris Roberts of Missoula (powwowcountry.com) notes: The outfits were typical of the period. Most of the clothing worn is store bought or European/American style clothing. To celebrate the occasion, the dancers added their own traditional touches. The particular elements of dress found among the various dancers are: a brass tack belt, otter fur bandolier, breast plate, gunstock war dance club, porcupine roach headdress, and panel style leggings (which would be unusual for the Blackfeet). The dance might be an 'intertribal' which means that non-Blackfeet dancers would be able to participate. The lodges (tipis) in the background might have been facing east, though if the lodges were situated around the dance circle, some would not face east, so there is no way of telling in this picture. The wagons served as seating and the boundary of the dance circle.