San Manuel Reservation; San Bernardino County; California; USA
November 20, 1917
Edward H. Davis owned a ranch outside San Diego, California, and became fascinated with local Indian people. The collection of Native objects he developed attracted the attention of George Heye, who purchased many items from Davis and hired him as a field collector in 1916. Photographs by Davis from southern California and northern Mexico probably accompanied the objects he sold to or collected for MAI.
Outdoor portrait of Maria Johnson posed holding a rabbit-skin blanket, NMAI object number 072281.000 or 072281.001. "Maria Johnson with rabbit-skin cloak or baby blanket. Best I saw. Bought this from her. San Manuel, California Nov. 20 1917. Averted her face from the camera - could not induce her to face it"