100th | Native History

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Stereoview of ÒIndian War Canoe,Ó by the Centennial Photographic Company, 1876. Photo was taken in 1876 at the American centennial celebration held in Philadelphia, PA. NOTE: As of March 2008 the Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology, housed this original canoe. According to curators there the canoe is Nootka made, Haida decorated, Kwakiutl owned and was purchased from a dealer at Alert by James G. Swan in 1875, displayed in Philadelphia in 1876, and donated to the Smithsonian in 1877. According to SwanÕs original correspondenceÑheld by the SmithsonianÑthe canoe was Òpainted by Geneskeles, brother of Head Chief of Laskeek, Queen Charlotte Islands.Ó Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Postcard photograph of "Native Alaska Baskets," by P. E. Kern, Skagway, Alaska, circa 1900. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Cabinet card from set showing the Juneau Indian Village, photographer unknown, dated 1895. Description: shows houses, canoes, and people along the beach of the Juneau Indian Village. Note: reverse contains description of the village by the American photographer, making note that graves lie above and behind the village. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Cabinet card of Tlingit men standing on the beach at Douglas Island (Juneau in the background) with Tlingit women seated in a Tlingit canoe, circa 1886, photograph by Partridge. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue Richard Wood Photograph Collection
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Postcard photograph showing the Tsimshian musical band of Metlakatla with instruments on the wharf at Metlakatla, postmarked 1907. Label on photo reads ÒA Portion of Metlakahtla Indian Band, on Wharf at Metlakahtla with Rev. Wm. Duncan.Ó Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Cabinet card from set showing Tlingit women selling berries in front of the Sitka Trading Post, photographer unknown, dated July 30, 1895. Note: reverse contains photographerÕs description of the photo and women selling berries. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Stereoview photograph showing the ÒIndian Village on Ocean Front, Juneau City, Alaska,Ó by the Ingersoll View Company, circa 1900. Photo captures a view of what was known as ÔIndian VillageÕ in Juneau, with houses and canoes along the water. This coast area is now located where Willoughby Ave runs, and the coast has been covered with mining tailings. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Aluminum postcard with black and white image of ÒChief Ano-Tlosh, Head Chief of the Taku TribeÓ in traditional regalia, photograph by Case and Draper, circa 1900. Two corners of this postcard are chipped and are slightly corroded. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Black and white photograph postcard of ÒBear Totem, Klinkwan, near Wrangell, Alaska,Ó photographer unknown, circa 1900. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Black and white photograph postcard of ÒOne Legged Fisherman Totem, Wrangell, Alaska,Ó photographer unknown, circa 1900. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Stereoview which reads ÒIndian Burial Houses, Juneau City, Alaska,Ó by Keystone View Company, undated, circa 1880-1920. Reverse contains photographerÕs rendition of Tlingit burial practices. It is disputable if these are actually Ôburial housesÕ. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph postcard showing ÒNative school girls, Kake, Alaska,Ó by P. E. Kern, postmarked 1909. Black and white image shows nine women and children seated outdoors wearing dresses. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph postcard of ÒChilkat DancersÓ of the ÒAlaska Indian ArtsÓ posing in costume with Lynn Canal in the background, photo by Carl W. Heinmiller, circa 1975. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph labeled as ÒTlinget [sic] camp at eulachon fishing ground, Chilkat River, Alaska,Ó by Case & Draper, circa 1900. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue Richard Wood Photograph Collection
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Color photograph postcard of "Chilkat Blanket Dancers before the Raven screen at the entrance of the Tribal House, Port Chilkoot, Alaska," photo by Carl W. Heinmiller, postmarked 1963. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph showing Tlingit dancers at Port Chilkoot performing for tourists, dated September 16, 1964, photograph by Horace Sutton. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue Richard Wood Photograph Collection
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Stereoview of ÒNew Metlakantla, Indian Home,Ó by European & American Views, 1897. Image shows family at Metlakatla, AK. Reverse contains handwritten inscription ÒMartha E. Cooke, Christmas, 1900, no. 4.Ó Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Stereoview photograph labeled ÒIdols of the Alaska Indians,Ó produced by the Continent Stereoscopic Company, circa 1878. Image shows a view of a Haida village, with three houses, two totems, and one canoe. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Postcard photograph showing John Kian of Ketchikan the Òson of Thlinket Chief of Kintahook familyÓ in a Chilkat tunic, circa 1900, produced by Forest J. Hunt of Ketchikan. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph showing Henry Denny Sr. at Saxman, Alaska teaching Tlingit youth about a totem pole and its corresponding history, photograph by Joseph Yolo for the US Forest Service, August 1941. Photograph taken as a public relations effort to document the Civilian Conservation Corps federal Works Relief Program when Tlingit and Haida carvers created Southeast AlaskaÕs totem parks. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Color postcard of ÒKillisnoo Natives Arriving at Sitka to Attend Potlatch,Ó by Case & Draper, 1904. Shows approximately 13 canoes on the water filled with Tlingit who are wearing potlatch attire while each canoe has an American flag flying. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Stereoview photograph showing ÒKillisnoo ChiefÕs House,Ó by T. W. Ingersoll, undated, circa 1890s. Shows view of a Tlingit home in the village of Killisnoo. Above the door of the home is a large and carved raven [?] figure. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph postcard of ÒChief Johnson Totem Ð Ketchikan, Alaska,Ó circa 1947. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Postcard photograph of the ÒSheldon Jackson School, Sitka,Ó circa 1935, photo by the Sitka Photo Shop. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph postcard of "Chief Shakes House - Totems & War Canoe, Wrangell - Alaska," produced by Scenic Photo Publishing Co., Seattle, circa 1915. Small print on front of canoe reads ÒShakes Canoe Ð Brown Bear.Ó Original photograph taken by Ed. Partridge. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Color postcard of ÒAlaska Indian Merchants. A Familiar Sight,Ó unknown photographer, produced by Lowman and Hanford, Seattle, WA, circa 1900. Image captures Tlingit women selling their wares (basketry, beadwork, and other) on the docks of Juneau. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Stereoview of showing a view of ÒKlanc-kwan Grave Totems,Ó photo by T. W. Ingersoll, circa 1900. Image captures a view of totems at what appears to be a cemetery near either Klukwan or Klinkwan. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Cabinet card from set showing the Kadashan totem poles and house at Wrangell, photographer unknown 1895. Note: reverse contains photographer description of the totem poles and the local Native culture.Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Postcard of ÒNative Curios, AlaskaÓ showing a Chilkat blanket and other art items, by P.E. Kern of Skagway, circa 1900. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph postcard showing ÒPotlatch Dancers, Alaska,Ó photo by Winter & Pond. Image was taken at Klinkwan circa 1890s, shows nine men in ceremonial clothing standing in front of a clan house. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Colored postcard showing a rendition of the ÒFirst Thanksgiving Day in Alaska, 1869,Ó by John Winsch, 1912. Rendition shows an American coming ashore with supplies for the ÒbenefitÓ of Alaska Natives and Russians. This politically motivated photograph seeks to rewrite history by perpetuating a historical inaccuracy. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Color postcard showing ÒIndian Totem Poles, Prince of Whales Island, Alaska,Ó circa 1900. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph postcard of ÒBear Totem Store, Wrangell, Alaska,Ó circa 1940s. View shows front of store with totems along the street. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Postcard photograph labeled ÒIndian Witch Doctor Visiting Patient, Alaska,Ó by Case & Draper, 1906. Staged photography. Photo captures a staged or mock setting showing a Tlingit "shaman" tending to a Tlingit woman. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Postcard of a ÒChilkat Blanket, AlaskaÓ by P.E. Kern of Skagway, postmarked 1913. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Postcard photograph labeled ÒAlaska Native totem carver,Ó circa 1939, by Schallerer. It appears this image was taken during the Civilian Conservation Corps federal Works Relief Program when Tlingit and Haida carvers created Southeast AlaskaÕs totem parks. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph postcard showing miniature ÒThlinget Totems, Alaska,Ó by P. E. Kern, Skagway, Alaska, circa 1900. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Postcard with photograph of ÒIndian Village near Ketchikan, Alaska,Ó circa 1910. ÒSold by Anna B. Caspersen, Ketchikan, Alaska.Ó Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Cabinet card of ÒFort Wrangle [Wrangell]Ó showing a totem and part of the Wrangell Tlingit village, circa 1886, photograph by Partridge. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue Richard Wood Photograph Collection
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Postcard photograph showing a Tsimshian man carving with art on display, circa 1930s, location unknown. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue Richard Wood Photograph Collection
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Photograph of a Taku village homes, photo likely by Partridge, circa 1887. Village site was located on the mainland across from Douglas Island, south of present-day Juneau. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue Richard Wood Photograph Collection
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Aerial photograph postcard of Tsimshian town ÒMetlakatla, Alaska,Ó circa 1890. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Color postcard photo of ÒNative Women Weaving Baskets, Alaska.Ó Image was taken in 1897 at Sitka by Winter & Pond. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Stereoview photograph of ÒA Native Home, with its Totem Poles and Laundry Pool, Alaska,Ó by Underwood and Underwood, 1902. This photo captures a view of three women and a child doing laundry [?] in a tide pool at Howkan Village. Background shows totems and housing. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Stereoview showing ÒThe fantastic Potlatch Dancers, Indian Village of Klinkwan, Alaska,Ó copyright 1902 by Underwood and Underwood. Image shows eight men standing in front of a clan house in traditional regalia. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Brown and white photograph postcard named ÒThe Dancers,Ó who were identified on the postcard as Kaw-claa and Prince Stene-tu, photo by Case & Draper, 1910. This staged image shows a Tlingit woman and male youth in traditional regalia with ethnographic items. These individuals were likely paid to pose for this photograph. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Color postcard showing ÒKak-Won-Ton, IndiansÕ Patlatch, Sitka, Alaska,Ó photo by E. W. Merrill, circa 1900. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph postcard ÒWrangell Totems,Ó by Gowen Sutton Co, Vancouver, BC, circa 1920. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Color postcard reading ÒAuk-Si-Eager, Ft. Wrangle, Alaska, photo copyrighted by F. H. Nowell,Ó circa 1900. Postcard shows a Tlingit or Haida woman in plain cloths seated on a bentwood box with a totem pole at her back, she wears numerous gold rings and bracelets. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph labeled as ÒTotem Pole at Fort Wrangle [sic], Alaska,Ó photo attributed to Davidson, 1883. Shows Tlingit homes and totems at Wrangell. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue Richard Wood Photograph Collection
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Color stereoview of ÒSitka Bay, Indians in Canoe, Sitka, Alaska,Ó circa 1900. Reverse discusses the Sitka area. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Color postcard image of ÒTotem Poles, Massett, Q.C. Islands,Ó by T. N. Hibben & Co., Victoria, B.C., circa 1900. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Color postcard of ÒTown Chief WehaÕs Home, Massett, BC,Ó by the Adolph Selige, Pub. Co., St. Louis, circa 1900. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Postcard of historic photo showing ÒChilkat Indians at Killisnoo Alaska,Ó by La Roche of Seattle, image circa 1900. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Stereoview showing ÒKasa Village, Sitka, Alaska,Ó photograph by William H. Rau, circa 1900. Image captures a view of Kasa Village (likely Kasaan, near Ketchikan) showing housing and six totems. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph postcard of ÒÓYaxteÓ Big Dipper Totem, Juneau, Alaska,Ó photo by Oroway, undated. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph labeled as ÒTotem Poles at Kiagan, Alaska,Ó photo attributed to Davidson, 1883. Shows a Haida home with totems. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue Richard Wood Photograph Collection
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Lantern slide showing a Haida man standing next to the Haida house and totem at Skidegate, circa 1880s, photograph likely by Ingersoll. Label on glass lantern slide reads ÒIndian carved totem, Queen Charlotte Islands,Ó and ÒThe Free Library of Philadelphia.Ó Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Black and white photo postcard of Chief Shakes Tribal House, Wrangell, Alaska, postmarked 1917. Image shows front view of house with totems and wooden structures in the background. Front contains a description of the house and about the totems. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph postcard of ÒTotem Klinkwan near Wrangell,Ó produced by the Post Card Mfg Co., Crawfordsville, Ind., circa 1920. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Color postcard of ÒIndian Villages and Totem Poles, Howkan, Alaska,Ó by Winter & Pond, image circa 1897. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Postcard photograph labeled ÒOld Lincoln Totem Ð Saxman, Alaska,Ó circa 1939, by Schallerer. This image was taken during the Civilian Conservation Corps federal Works Relief Program when Tlingit and Haida carvers created Southeast AlaskaÕs totem parks. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Postcard of ÒThlingit Village, Sitka, Alaska,Ó published by The Puget Sound News Company, Seattle Wash. Leipzig-Berlin, circa 1900. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph labeled as ÒChiefÕs Residence at Kiagan, Alaska,Ó photo attributed to Davidson, 1883. Shows a Haida homes with totems and family in front. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue Richard Wood Photograph Collection
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Black and white photograph showing Tlingit artist Leo Marks carving an old woman mask for the Alaska Indian Arts [Co-op], while high school student and Tlingit youth Sue Clayton looks over his work, likely at Juneau, 1972. Reverse contains description of photo, stating that a grant funded the creation of some of these art items for Russian museums. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph postcard showing black and white image of ÒShakes Totem,Ó unknown photographer, circa 1900. Image captures a partial view of the front of the Chief Shakes Community House, Wrangell, Alaska circa 1900 with a Tlingit man standing in front displaying a carved mask. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph postcard of ÒTotems, Wrangell, AlaskaÓ produced by the Post Card Mfg Co., Crawfordsville, Ind., circa 1920. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Black and white photograph postcard showing ÒIndians Racing Canoes, Juneau, Alaska,Ó produced by the Albertype Co., NY, circa 1904. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Black and white photograph postcard of ÒIndian Totem Ð Prince Rupert, B.C.,Ó circa 1920, photographer unknown. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Postcard photograph labeled ÒNugget Shop Ð Juneau, Alaska,Ó showing the Juneau-based curio show which sold Native art (largely Tlingit), circa 1900, photo by Robinson. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Postcard photograph of ÒNative Packer, Alaska,Ó by the Portland Postcard Company, circa 1908. Photo is attributed to being taken at Skagway, Alaska and actual image is likely circa 1880-1900. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Color postcard of ÒOld Witch Doctor and Nugget Shop, Juneau, Alaska,Ó postmarked 1938. Reverse tells the story of the Old Witch Totem from Sukwan and provides information about the Nugget Shop. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Stereoview photograph showing Ò[USA] President [Warren G.] Harding and Old Chief Katlean, Alaskan Indian at Sitka, Alaska,Ó produced by the Keystone View Company, circa 1921-1923. Picture shows US President Harding shaking the hand of a Tlingit elder. Reverse contains a description of this meeting with a negative tone toward the Tlingit people. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Stereoview of ÒAlaska Indians,Ó produced by the Keystone View Company, circa 1900. View shows a Haida family in a canoe in shallow waters, while background captures scene of an unidentified village, clan house with totems. SHI is looking to identify where this picture was taken. Note: A Stereoview photograph featuring the exact same photograph issued by Underwood & Underwood labeled this image as ÒAmong the Modern Hyda [sic] IndiansÑstarting on a hunting tripÑAlaska.Ó Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Photograph mounted on backing showing ÒSitka Ð Indian canoes and salmon drying racks on beach,Ó photograph likely by Partridge, circa 1886. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue Richard Wood Photograph Collection
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Black and white photo showing a ÒFigure Head on Indian Canoe,Ó at Wrangell, Alaska, photo by Frank P. Nowell, 1903. According to one source, the canoe prow figure is an owl made by Ravens at Klukwan. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection
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Color postcard of ÒMetlakatla, Alaska. Built entirely by Indians, showing Father DuncanÕs Church,Ó produced by Lowman & Hanford S. & P. Co, Seattle, circa 1910. Courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institue eBay collection

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