9.0625 in HIGH x 6.875 in WIDE
(23.02 cm HIGH x 17.46 cm WIDE)
Northern, CA
Gift of A. W. Ericson

Photographs of Indian life. "Packing wood -- woman, Hupa Tibe, Athapascan family, No. Calif" info from the OMCA green/blue "cross-file record of pictues" paper found in the museum. Image of an elderly woman in a plaid dress standing hunched over with a burden basket full of wood on her back and her hands crossed holding a walking stick in front of her. The woman is in the center of the image with a tent and trees in the background. In the lower left hand side of the photo is a white "A.W. Ericson" stamp. "Bearer of Burden, Hupa, Calif" written in pencil on the back of the photo. The photo is attached to a grey board which has "Hupa - packing wood" written in pen on it. (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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