COCHITI AND TEWA.
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3 – nicely hand-colored gelatin silver prints, approx. 9 7/8 x 6 3/8 – inches.
a) “The Captain of War---Cochiti” wrapped in a Pendleton blanket, ca. 1900. At the left, a line of costumed male dancers carrying gourd rattles are in the midst of a ceremony. This recalls Witter Byner's poem, “A Dance for Rain, at Cochiti”:
A fox on the back and shaken on the thigh,
rain-cloth woven from the sky,
and under the knee a turtle rattle
clacking with the toes of sheep and cattle.
b) “Cochiti Father and Child.” Pueblo man carrying a baby on his back wrapped in a blanket, and minding an older daughter, ca. 1905. A wagon, an adobe structure and pole corrals are seen in the background.Unlike other Indian cultures in which child care was strictly a female occupation, Pueblo men shared baby-sitting duties when their wives were busy with other important tasks, such as pottery making.
c) “Woman of Tewa” Pueblo, carrying her baby in the folds of a Pendleton wool blanket, ca. 1900.
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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- ca 1895-1910
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