Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Woman in Camp

Today's picture shows an Indian Woman sitting alone in camp in front of a Tipi. It looks to me like possibly snow on the ground on an overcast day. This is really a lonesome looking picture. It was taken in 1915 so towards the end of the traditional way of life for these people.


  1. I don't know if there is any snow on the ground right there, but it sure looks like snow in the hills in the back ground.
    Looks like they are gathers lodge poles to build a new or another tepee.
    The new poles look longer than the old ones.

    I sure hope there are more tepees there, if not that sure would be a lonesome place.

  2. Fantastic photograph!

    Some interesting things to keep in mind when this photo was taken. Indians, collectively, were still nine years from being universally granted US citizenship. World War One was raging in Europe. The Model T was on the market. This photograph is proof of my often cited rule that everything has occurred more recently than we suppose, as here, less than a century ago, we see a traditional Indian camp.

    Switching topics, I have to say that I'm amused (but don't intend to be sniping at anyone) about the comments here and in the other threads put up this week, about these scenes being "lonesome". That is, I very strongly suspect, a matter of prospective. Being from the region where these photos were taken I can't quite grasp why people think they are lonesome. Even now, here, locals find it extremely irritating when trying to tent, particularly if hunting or fishing, and somebody pulls up near them. The subject of the photo probably wasn't lonesome, but was probably waiting for the return of her husband in a Fall hunting location. He's probably not far off, but from the looks of the territory I'd guess he's hunting elk or deer. Once they got one, they were likely headed back to a reservation which was far from pleasant.

    1. Sounds like snipimg to me.
      I guess you are better than everyone else because you are from that area.

    2. no i think it is a matter of perspective. I'm from Iowa, for goodness sakes, and I don't think this looks lonely either. But "give me land, lots of land" : )

    3. Well, I'm certainly don't claim to be better than anyone else, so as it was taken as rude by at least one, I'll apologize for the comment. There's no excuse for being rude, and I apparently was.

      I guess I'll just note that I don't think it looks lonely to me, and I'm not sure the photographer intended that. Of course, b&w photos can effectively convey that feeling, and sometimes do so when not intended (and perhaps it was intended).

      Anyhow, to Anon and DADD, my apologies for my insensitive and rude comment.

  3. Great photos and least we not forget, the photographers. People like Edward Curtis, Joseph Dixon, Eadweard Muybridge, Timothy O'Sullivan, Isaiah Taber and countless more who back in the days of the infancy of photography they travelled over long distances and at times in the worst of weather and other conditions, while in wagons containing explosive chemicals to fill their passion for capturing a split second in history. If it had not been for the forethought of these men (and women) of history, we wouldn’t have a lot to look back on now.

    My hobby is photography and years ago the photography of the past gave me food for thought and now I never go anywhere without my camera and some people think it has become an appendage. I take photos of everything, especially that which may not be around decades from now, photos of old buildings (front and back), photos of cars, events and especially people. These days some people look at my photos and I am sure they wonder why I took certain photos, but my goal is for those people decades or longer from now who may look at what I have taken and say “we’re glad he took those photos”.
    I’d like to remind everyone to never forget to take your own photos. As a famous photographer once said “if you can’t find anything within 20 feet from you to take a photo of, then you’re not looking”.

  4. "I’d like to remind everyone to never forget to take your own photos. As a famous photographer once said “if you can’t find anything within 20 feet from you to take a photo of, then you’re not looking”.

    Very true indeed.