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9104-53. A photographer made this "grab shot" from his horse-drawn wagon seat. His notes on the negative's original envelope said "Indians near Butte. 1900." The photographer, John Babtist, was a tea salesman who lived in Butte for the first few years of the nineteenth century and then moved to Missoula, Mont. According to Elizabeth Sperry, in a letter to me, the man in the middle is carrying a chair made from steer horns, which the Cree often made and sold to non-Indians. She used this photo in her 2007 masters thesis on 20th Century Cree Indians in Montana for the University of Montana.