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Spokane Tribe Indian Woman Holding Traditional Papoose

c. 1890, Native American Indian Woman holding Baby in a traditional Papoose. Mounted Photograph on Card, Fine.

This original, Mounted Photograph, is b/w, measuring 3.5" x 4.5", depicting a seated Spokane Tribe Indian woman holding a traditional papoose with top-skin peeled back to reveal a sleeping Spokane infant. There is some slight foxing and age with tiny spots and a .5" tear in the card at top barely affecting image, and a few scattered tiny pinholes in the outer card from prior display. The Spokane people lived along the banks of the Spokane River in the northeastern portion of Washington State, but were moved to the Spokane and Colville Flathead reservations by the late 1870's. The verso contains a contemporary note in black ink: "Spokane squaw & pappose [sic]." A classic Native American period image.
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