4 PHOTOGRAPHS FROM TAOS.
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7 3/8 x 9 3/4 - inches and a little smaller, matte gelatin silver prints. a) Pueblo herders, northern New Mexico, ca. 1900. Two brothers are moving the family herd of goats to greener pastures. The younger boy rides a burro. The older boy's mare is followed by her unweaned foal. In addition to the picture's ethnographic interest, this cloudscape is remarkable for an amateur photograph in this period. b) “Indian Dandy---Taos,” Pueblo, New Mexico, ca. 1900. Country boy in the Big City---a Ute teenager looking for entertainment and dressed for company. The beaded designs on his moccasins indicate these have earlier been acquired from the Cheyenne. c) “Venturo Romano---Taos,” Pueblo, New Mexico, ca. 1900. Romano was a favorite model for Joseph Henry Sharp, and other artists of the “Taos School.”d) “The Dance---Southern Ute,” probably at Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, ca. 1900. Several women are wrapped in blankets or fringed woolen shawls traded from the pueblo, but earlier made in one of the Mexican craft villages in the same area.
The locations for this series of Pueblo, Navajo, Mescalero Apache and Ute portraits were several of the New Mexico pueblos near Santa Fe: Cochiti, Taos and perhaps others. The title given in quotation marks for each image appears as a pencil inscription, verso, by the unknown photographer. There was an ancient trade among Pueblo, Navajo and other Apache groups like the Jicarilla and Mescalero, with visits several times a year. The craft of weaving blankets from wool yarn, for which the Navajo are world-renowned, was learned by them from Pueblo artisans. Feathered headdresses of the Plains style, as well as certain types of dances, were adopted by Pueblo groups from the Apache and Comanche.
With the popularity of western travel magazines such as Sunset and Westways, and encouraged by advertising of the Fred Harvey Hotel Company and the Santa Fe Railway beginning in the early-1890s, streams of White tourists descended on the New Mexico Pueblos during excursions to and from the Grand Canyon. Amateur photography was then becoming a wide-spread hobby, with the availability of Eastman-Kodak films. This remarkable archive of images, assembled over a period of several years, ca. 1895-1910, was made by one such traveler. Evidence is discussed that the photographer may have been a woman. All these matte gelatin silver prints are unique photographs, which then were hand-colored, another skill being touted by photo journals of the period.
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