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SEP 2018

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38 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 9.18 THE BIT A BIT OF HISTORY FROM U OF L ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS This 1933 photo of ethnographer, artist, documentarian and artifact procurer and collector Frederick Weygold (1870-1941) displays his great obsession: the tribal people and accouterments of 19th-century Native American culture. It all started when, as a 12-year-old sent by his recently widowed Louisville father to study in Germany, he developed an interest in the Sioux language (both spoken and signed) and witnessed Europe's great fascination with art by and about the American Indian. Once back in the U.S., while studying and working for an artifacts dealer in Philadelphia, Weygold took in at least two Wild West shows (one of the few ways Plains Indians had to make money after losing their hunting livelihood to white settlement in the late 1880s), where he photographed and interviewed several old-guard Lakota warriors. After the death of his father in 1909, Weygold spent seven weeks at the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, drawing and documenting the dress and lifestyle of the Lakotas there for the Ethnographic Museum of Hamburg, Germany. (He also undertook later visits to the Blackfoot reservation in Montana and the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa and Osage reservations in Oklahoma.) From his home base in Louisville, Weygold illustrated books and acquired and cataloged works for several museum collections while amassing his own, which he donated to the Speed in the 1930s. — Jack Welch

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