Photographs of We'wha demonstrating Zuni textile making, circa 1886

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.2004-03
Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnology
Dates:
circa 1886
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
5 mounted prints
albumen
7 Prints
cyanotype
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Includes images of Zuni Indian We'wha spinning wool, setting up a loom, and weaving a blanket at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The photographs were probably made as part of a demonstration commissioned by Matilda Coxe Stevenson or the Bureau of American Ethnology.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
We'wha (d. 1896) was a Zuni berdache and one of Matilda Coxe Stevenson's main informants in her research. In 1886, We'wha spent six months in Washington, D.C., living with Stevenson and her husband and helping the Bureau of American Ethnology to record Zuni knowledge. As part of this documentation, the Bureau also photographed We'wha demonstrating Zuni weaving techniques.

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 2004-03

Using the Collection
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Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 2004-03, Photographs of We'wha demonstrating Zuni textile making, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
One albumen print mounted on boudoir card, previously held in MS 4624 (now in Photo Lot 23) has been relocated and merged with Photo Lot 2004-03. This is another photograph of We'wha that forms part of this series.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Original glass negatives for most of these images are available in the National Anthropological Archives in the BAE historical negatives.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional photographs of We'wha are in the National Anthropological Archives in the Matilda Coxe Stevenson photographs (Photo Lot 23).
Location of Other Archival Materials
The National Anthropological Archives also holds the Matilda Coxe Stevenson papers (MS 4689).

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Photographs of We'wha demonstrating Zuni textile making, circa 1886

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Photographs removed from the National Anthropological Archives File Prints by Kathleen Baxter in 1985 were not formally accessioned until November 2004. One photograph, relocated from MS 4624 (now Photo Lot 23) in September 2013, may have been collected by Matilda Coxe Stevenson for her manuscipt "Dress and adornment of the Pueblo Indians." The other photographs may have originally been collected by the Bureau of American Ethnology.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Spinning Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weaving Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cyanotypes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zuni Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stevenson, Matilda Coxe, 1850-1915 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
We'wha, 1849-1896 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
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