Photographs of Indian life. Photographs of Indian life. Photo is of Mrs. Childs, Trinidad, who was 100 years old and blind at time of original photo; (with photo) "The Indian attitude to their elders was much closer to that of pre-Commune Chinese veneration of age than to the modern American fear and disparagement of both the look and fact of old age - T. Kroeber"; two copy prints also. (This description was copied from the one in H16.1131B which was misnumbered, TKP 11/18/2010). The above quote is typed on a piece of paper that was attached to the back of the photo with tape. The photo is of Mrs.Childs, who was blind and 100 years old sitting on a wood porch of a building on blankets weaving a burden basket and wearing a basket hat and necklace. There is a "A.W. Ericson" white stamp in the lower left hand side of the photo. The photo is attached to a thin gray board. The back of the photo has "daggett collection" written in pen and "#1131, basket weaving, Trinidad, Calif" written in pencil. The back of the board has "16/#1131" and "daggett collection" written in pen on the back and a "B" next to the number crossed out and a "K?" written next to that in pencil as well as "Klamath Riv. Ind. No. Calif." in pencil on the back. (TKP 11/18/2010)

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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 eleven 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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