6.8125 in HIGH x 9.0625 in WIDE
(17.30 cm HIGH x 23.02 cm WIDE)
Northern, CA
Gift of A. W. Ericson

Photographs of Indian life. "White deer skin dance, Hupa Tribe, Athapascan family, no. cailf." info from the OMCA green/blue "cross-file record of pictures" paper found in the museum. Image of indian men dressed for the white deer skin dance standing in a diagonial line, surrounded by trees. There is a white stamp "A.W. Ericson" in the lower left hand corner of the photo. The back of the photo has "deer skin dance" written on it in pen. Susana found a copy print of this image in a folder at the warehouse. The back of the print had information from the Smithsonian Office of Anthropology, "Neg. No. 43,114-b, Tribe: Hupa (California), White Deerskin Dance. By A.W. Ericson, eight miles from Yurok town of Weitchpec, Humboldt County, California." (TKP 11/18/2010)

Picture This Information

This artifact is part of the OMCA's Picture This website. More about the context and history of this artifact is available at Picture This.

About the Picture This web project: California's Perspectives on American History is a resource for teachers and students to learn about the experiences of diverse peoples of California by using primary source images from the Oakland Museum of California's collections. Organized into 11 time periods spanning from pre-1769 to the present, more than 300 photographs, drawings, posters, and prints tell stories from the perspectives of different ethnic groups. Historical contexts are provided to offer a framework of California's role in relation to American history.

The National Archives state that primary sources, "fascinate students because they are real and they are personal: history is humanized through them." Picture This invites students to examine the historical record, encouraging them to connect history with real people and explore how images tell stories and convey historical evidence about the human experience. History becomes more than just a series of facts, dates, and events.      

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