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Drawing of a man of lower Louisiana in winter dress 1732-35

Image for Drawing of a man of lower Louisiana in winter dress 1732-35
Data Source
National Anthropological Archives
Notes
Digital surrogate produced from reference copy print
Original in Peabody Museum, Harvard.
Negative copy from Bushnell, "Drawings by A. DeBatz in La., 1732-35," Plate 6. From a drawing by De Batz, 1732-35.
Black and white copy negative
Summary
"Buffalo skins, dressed so as to allow them to become soft and pliable and without removing the hair, were used by the Indians throughout the Mississippi Valley to protect them from the cold of winter. Such robes were often decorated on the inner side by designs painted in several colors. This sketch shows a robe decorated in a simple design in red and black." -- Bushnell, SMC 80:5. Bushnell also goes on to theorize that this may be an Atacapa, but does it only on the superficial basis that the man or his costume resembles the Atacapa man in Negative 2860 ZZ 6.
Cite as
Negative 42325 B, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Repository Loc.
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland
Creator
De Batz, A
Date
1732
1732-35
Physical description
1 8x10 in photograph
Type
Archival materials
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Glass Negatives of Indians (Collected by the Bureau of American Ethnology) 1850s-1930s
Local number
OPPS NEG 42325 B
Culture
Atakapa Indians (identification uncertain)
Indians of North America Southern States
Place
Louisiana
Terrebonne Parish