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[Unidentified Man Posing with Five Men in Native American Dress]
Date: ca. 1875
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Dimensions: Image: 3 5/16 x 2 3/8 in. (8.4 x 6 cm) Mount (Iron sheeting): 3 1/2 x 2 3/8 in. (8.9 x 6 cm)
Medium: Tintype
Credit Line: Purchase, with funds provided by the ICP Acquisitions Committee, 2005
Description: Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection Section: Self presentation In the nineteenth century, Native Americans were often presented as curiosities to Anglo-American colonists at expositions and fairs. Itinerant tintypists also frequented these kinds of events, and the man in Western dress may have wanted a souvenir of his visit. Although other groups wore similar headdresses with upright feathers, only Penobscot Nation members in Maine and Canada used turkey feathers with a forward curve and decorated forehead bands.
Accession Number: 2417.2005