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Indians of North America—Photograph—Dance, ca. 1890s

 Unprocessed — Container: FB 509
Identifier: H2017-018

Content Description

The collection consists of one photograph, presumably dating to around the 1890s, of a large group of Native Americans at a dance. A group of Native Americans are seated around a large drum. Most of those in the photograph are Native American, but a few Caucasians are seen in the crowd. The image is a bird’s eye view with the photographer standing on some sort of building, the shadow of which is seen in the photograph. A number of horse drawn carriages and wagons are seen in the background as well as what appears to be a river in the distant background. The only identification for the images is a pen written note on the back that reads, “South Dakota Indians.” A number of the dancers have bells around their knees, some are holding shields. One individual in the center appears to be holding an eagle’s wing. The mount measures 9 x 12 inches and is missing several chunks and has several cracks and tears. The photo itself measures 7 x 9 inches. There is no photographers mark on the front or back of the image. The photo was transferred from the collections of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society. Their records indicate that the image was donated on June 28, 1978 by a Mrs. H. M. Haseltine of Excelsior (MN).

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1890s


0.1 Cubic Feet