Antoine Moise, Flatheads
|Dimensions||Image: 9 1/8 x 7 3/8 in. (23.2 x 18.7 cm)
Paper: 9 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (23.8 x 19.1 cm)
Mat: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection
Chief Antoine Moise, also known as Kullup-skawl’che or Ring-Necked Crane (ca. 1850–?) was a member of the Bitterroot Salish (Flathead) delegation that attended the 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha, Nebraska. A significant part of the exposition was the Indian Congress, which brought together many of the most influential Native American leaders. Frank A. Rinehart owned a commercial studio when he was commissioned by the United States government in 1898 to be the official photographer for the event. From June through October 1898, Rinehart and his assistant
Adolph Muhr set up a studio and took more than five hundred portraits of Native American leaders, outfitted in their traditional dress, often against a painted architectural backdrop.
It was typical for mid-nineteenth-century expositions to present Native American communities as curiosities, but the Rinehart studio has been celebrated for conveying the dignity and pride of the Native peoples.
Gift of Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz, 1999