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Western Legacies #2: Peoples of the Plateau: The Indian Photographs of Lee Moorhouse, 1898-1915

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The remarkable photographs in Peoples of the Plateau capture the lives of Pacific Northwest Indians at the turn of the twentieth century—and at a turning point in their own history.

The Columbia River Plateau, in the interior Pacific Northwest, was populated for centuries by the Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Cayuse Indians. By the late nineteenth century, after the U.S. government had confined these peoples to a single reservation, their lives began to change irrevocably. Major Lee Moorhouse, a businessman and former militia officer, served as an Indian agent during this period. Believing that the Indians he encountered were a “dying race,” Moorhouse was driven to collect their artifacts and, for posterity, take their photographs.

Although he was not a professional photographer, Moorhouse produced more than 9,000 glass-plate negatives, one-third with Indians as his subjects. Although his works to some degree reflect a stereotypical view, they are an invaluable aid for tribal researchers and historians because they identify their subjects by name.

This book marks the first major examination of Moorhouse and his work. Featuring eighty exquisite plates, it not only showcases Moorhouse’s extensive photographs but also tells the story of the man—about whom little is known—and of the world in which he lived and worked.

 

Book News Annotation:

Although he was not a professional photographer, Moorehouse, who was a businessman and military officer, produced over 9,000 glass-plate negatives, one-third with Indians as his subjects. This collection depicting the lives of Pacific Northwest Indians at the turn of the 20th century is a valuable aid to tribal researchers and historians, because the individuals photographed are identified by name. Fleming, a retired photo archivist at the Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives, provides an introduction to Native American photography.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Although he was not a professional photographer, Moorehouse, who was a businessman and military officer, produced over 9,000 glass-plate negatives, one-third with Indians as his subjects. This collection depicting the lives of Pacific Northwest Indians at the turn of the 20th century is a valuable aid to tribal researchers and historians, because the individuals photographed are identified by name. Fleming, a retired photo archivist at the Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives, provides an introduction to Native American photography. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The photographs in Peoples of the Plateau capture the lives of Pacific Northwest Indians at the turn of the twentieth century. By the late nineteenth century, after the U.S. government had confined these Indians to a reservation, their lives began to change irrevocably.

Synopsis:

The remarkable photographs in Peoples of the Plateau capture the lives of Pacific Northwest Indians at the turn of the twentieth century--and at a turning point in their own history. This first major examination of photographer Lee Moorhouse and his work is lavishly illustrated with 104 b&w photographs.

About the Author

Steven L. Grafe, Curator of American Indian Art at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, is author of Peoples of the Plateau: The Indian Photographs of Lee Moorhouse, 1898-1915.

Paula Richardson Fleming, retired photo archivist at the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, is the author of numerous books on Native American photography.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806137421
Author:
Grafe, Steven L.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Other:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Mus
Author:
Fleming, Paula Richardson
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Columbia Plateau
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Pacific Northwest
Subject:
Photograph collections
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Columbia Plateau.
Subject:
Moorhouse, Lee - Photograph collections
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Americana-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Western Legacies Series
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
104 bandw illus.
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
10 x 10 x 0.6 in 2.89 lb

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The photographs in Peoples of the Plateau capture the lives of Pacific Northwest Indians at the turn of the twentieth century. By the late nineteenth century, after the U.S. government had confined these Indians to a reservation, their lives began to change irrevocably.

"Synopsis" by , The remarkable photographs in Peoples of the Plateau capture the lives of Pacific Northwest Indians at the turn of the twentieth century--and at a turning point in their own history. This first major examination of photographer Lee Moorhouse and his work is lavishly illustrated with 104 b&w photographs.
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