Saturday, January 2, 2016

Chief David Bald Eagle's greatest hits

More than 20 years ago I first worked with Chief David Bald Eagle, who has acted in numerous movies, television shows and posed for many artists. Recently I was pleasantly surprised to come across a jigsaw puzzle featuring a painting of Dave. It is always fun to see an old friend in an unexpected place.

You might recognize Dave from the movies "Imprint," "Into The West," and "Skins." He told me he was in lots of movies as a younger man, including at least one with Marilyn Monroe, but never used his real name then so you won't see him in the credits.

The realization that images of him might pop up anywhere made me think back to the many times I have photographed Dave. So here are some of my favorites from over the years.

This is from the first photo shoot I did with Dave in the Badlands.

The rest of these photos are from various shoots across the years.

Of course, my all-time favorite image of Chief Dave landed on the cover of National Geographic Traveller in Australia last year.

Dave will be 96-years old soon. I'm hoping that we get to do more photo shoots in the future.

Oh, and if you want your own Chief David Bald Eagle jigsaw puzzle by artist Alfredo Rodriguez, they are produced by CEACO. I found mine at Walmart in Sioux Falls.


Unknown said...

wow love those photos!

OhitikahWin Beautiful Bald Eagle said...

Thank you for these pictures of my father Chad. They are absolutly beautiful!..I am the Chiefs Youngest Daughter I am the one in the Maroon regailia standing right next to My Dad. Would their be anyway I could contact you?