As an adult, Lost Bird saw one child die and gave away another because she couldn't raise him. She died of syphilis and the Spanish flu on Valentine's Day, 1920, aged 29, and was buried in a pauper's grave in California.
Of all the stories I've uncovered while researching antique photographs in my collection, this one is the most heartbreaking. Starting with the Massacre at Wounded Knee on Dec. 29, 1890, "Lost Bird" suffered every kind of injury and abuse the White Man imposed on Native Americans.
Joanna Cassidy's acting career has been long and diverse, encompassing a bit part in Bullitt, trading barbs with Dabney Coleman on Buffalo Bill, and presently playing the overbearing mother of Dana Delany on Body of Proof.