Ralph Shanks photograph of Laura Fish Somersal, 1982
Somersal, Laura 1892-1990
1 print : silver gelatin
Indians of North America California
According to photographer Ralph Shanks, Laura Fish Somersal was the "last Wappo speaker" as well as a basket-maker who used traditional Wappo materials and technique. She was also an informant for Jesse O. Sawyer's English-Wappo dictionary, published by the University of California, Berkeley.
Photograph depicting Laura Fish Somersal, a Wappo basket weaver. The photograph was made in Sonoma County, California, on July 28, 1982.
Photo lot 82-69, Ralph Shanks photograph of Laura Fish SomersalNational Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution