Title: Untitled [The Niçois]

Periodical: The Galignani's Messenger

Date: February 15, 1890

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The Niçois [1] were much chagrined when Buffalo Bill decided not to visit the Riviera this season. They were thus refused a sight of his Red Indians: but they decided to place a group in evidence at the Carnival all the same. A masquerade of 25 in full war-paint, ready for the chasse à l'éléphant walks up. The organisers were evidently unaware of the fact that probably Buffalo Bill's Indians never saw an elephant in their lives; but no matter, here their imitators come in gorgeous feathers with the bamboo of peace in the right hand and the tomahawk of war in the left. They execute a wild dance before the tribunes; but the elephant does not appear. He seems to have got clean away. The masquerade is, nevertheless, thoroughly carnavalesque and received hearty applause.

Note 1: The Niçois: residents of Nice, France. [back]

Title: Untitled [The Niçois]

Periodical: The Galignani's Messenger

Source: McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, MS6.3777.002.02 (Rome)

Date: February 15, 1890

Keywords: American Indians Dance Indian weapons Indians of North America Masquerades Traveling exhibitions Tribuna (Rome, Italy)

Places: Nice (France) Riviera (France)

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