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New on Galaxy of Images … Two Intrepid Explorers

This photograph features two men, names unknown, but purportedly two of the first four men to climb Harney Peak in the Black Hills, South Dakota.

Motor travel. Photograph by R. Enecke, St. Louis, Mo., photographer, accompanying the Expedition.

Harney Peak is also the site of a "Great Vision" by Native American Black Elk of the Sioux tribe. In Black Elk Speaks John Neihardt recorded the vision:

“I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world, … And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.”—Wikipedia

This image is new on the Libraries' Galaxy of Images.

Elizabeth Periale

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