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Unidentified Photographer

[Unidentified Man Posing with Five Men in Native American Dress]

Date ca. 1875
Dimensions Image: 3 5/16 x 2 3/8 in. (8.4 x 6 cm)
Mount (Iron sheeting): 3 1/2 x 2 3/8 in. (8.9 x 6 cm)
Print medium Photo-Tintype

Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection
Section: Self presentation
In the nineteenth century, Native Americans were often presented as curiosities to Anglo-American colonists at expositions and fairs. Itinerant tintypists also frequented these kinds of events, and the man in Western dress may have wanted a souvenir of his visit. Although other groups wore similar headdresses with upright feathers, only Penobscot Nation members in Maine and Canada used turkey feathers with a forward curve and decorated forehead bands.

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Purchase, with funds provided by the ICP Acquisitions Committee, 2005

Feedback Accession No. 2417.2005