Ralph Shanks photograph of Laura Fish Somersal, 1982

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.82-69
Creators:
Shanks, Ralph
Dates:
1982
Languages:
Undetermined
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Physical Description:
1 Print
silver gelatin
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photograph depicting Laura Fish Somersal, a Wappo basket weaver. The photograph was made in Sonoma County, California, on July 28, 1982.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
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.

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 82-69

Using the Collection
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Preferred Citation note
Photo lot 82-69, Ralph Shanks photograph of Laura Fish SomersalNational Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley holds additional Ralph Shanks photographs, baskets that he collected, and information on Laura Somersal collected by Jesse O. Sawyer.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Oakland Museum of California holds baskets collected by Shanks.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by Ralph Shanks through William Sturtevant, 1982.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Indians of North America -- California Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wappo Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Basket making Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Somersal, Laura, 1892-1990 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
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Suitland 20746
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