National Geographic : 1937 Nov
(g National Geographic society Painting byW.Langdon Kihn "I TOOK FOUR SCALPS THE LAST TIME ON WARPATH!" The Indian considered military prowess his highest achievement. Little credit was given for merely killing anenemy. Reaching outand touching a foe with a finger or stick while engaging him in hand-to-hand combat was the warrior's bravest feat. Honors were given fortaking scalps, capturing prisoners, and stealing horses. Combinations of eagle feathers were worn in the hair as military " medals." The warriors shown here belong tothe Sauk and Fox tribe, which opposed the whites in the Black Hawk War, in which Abraham Lincoln servedascaptain ofvolunteers.