Copies of Elizabeth Compton Hegemann photographs of Southwest Indians, circa 1922-1934
Hegemann, Elizabeth Compton 1897-1962
Lummis, Charles Fletcher 1859-1928
Morris, Earl Halstead 1889-1956
396 35mm copy negatives : acetate
Hopi Indians depicted
Navajo Indians depicted
Havasupai Indians depicted
Indians of North America Southwest, New
Navajo Indian Reservation
Hopi Indian Reservation (Ariz.)
Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
Elizabeth Compton Hegemann (1897-1962) was born near Cincinatti, Ohio, though she spent many of her summers visiting her grandparents in Southern California. She married her first husband, Mike Harrison, in 1925 and moved with him to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, where he worked for the National Park Service. They developed strong relationships with the Navajo, Hopi, and Havasupai Indians in that region. Hegemann separated from Harrison in 1928 and moved to Tuba City. She married Harry Rorick in 1929 and the two co-owned the Shonto Trading Post near Tsegi Canyon on the Navajo Reservation from 1929-1938.
Photographs made during Elizabeth Compton Hegemann's trips to Hopi and Navajo reservations in the 1920s and early 1930s. They include images of Navajo, Hopi, and some Havasupai Indians, as well as the Grand Canyon and trading posts. Her photographs relating to Southwest Indians depict agriculture, crafts, and ceremonies, including a Navaho Squaw Dance and Hopi Niman Kachina ceremonies. There are also some images of Charles F. Lummis, Earl Halstead Morris, and John Wetherill.
Photo lot R81A, Copies of Elizabeth Compton Hegemann photographs of Southwest Indians, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution