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Artifact Identification Using Historical Photographs: The Case of Red Cloud's Manikin

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Author:
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2014
Abstract:
A stereograph depicting a manikin in Plains Indian clothing initiated this project. The manikin was made in the likeness of an Oglala Teton Sioux Chief, Red Cloud, whose 1872 visit to Washington was the impetus for making the figure. The same manikin was used again in the 1876 Centennial Exposition with a change of clothing to suggest a more warlike image. This essay explores why Red Cloud was selected as the subject for the manikin and shows how the study of the photograph led to identifying objects in the Smithsonian collections that had lost their provenance.
Doi:
10.1080/08949468.2014.884896
Citation:
Scherer, Joanna Cohan. 2014. Artifact Identification Using Historical Photographs: The Case of Red Cloud&#39;s Manikin. <i>Visual Anthropology<i>, 27(3): 217-247. doi:10.1080/08949468.2014.884896
Topic:
Anthropology  Search this
Natural History  Search this
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Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_119224