Bunny Cloud Deerfoot
Late 19th century
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
In the 1880s 'Wild West' acts became popular in circuses, but this little photograph or 'carte de visite' advertising Bunny Cloud Deerfoot is earlier. At a time before television, when travel was slow and expensive, most people would never have seen an American Indian. This man, who may have been part of an 'exhibition', would have been a rare sight in Britain in the mid-19th century.