Jul 17 2012

Vintage Native American Big Tobacco Playing Cards

Published by at 1:18 pm under POD News

Vintage Native American Big Tobacco Playing Cards

Native American Historical Photo Big Tobacco, a Dance Hall Chief, circa 1900. The U.S. Government allowed Native Americans to build halls to host tribal dances. When tribal members wanted to hold a dance, the Dance Hall Chief would seek permission from Federal agents. Dance Hall Chiefs would beat on a drum to communicate to tribal members the time of the dance. The city of Yankton, S.D., featured seven dance halls from the 1890s to 1934. Dance Halls served to preserve Native American cultural traditions. Notice the Presidential medallion hanging from Big Tobacco’s neck. President Rutherford B. Hayes issued the medallion, which was presented to Big Tobacco. Big Tobacco stands in front of his home, a U.S. Government-issued dwelling. The house is located next to the Hay Hall (Grass Dance Hall). This building was destroyed by a tornado several years after this photo was taken.

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