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Western Legacies #6: Lanterns on the Prairie: The Blackfeet Photographs of Walter McClintock

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In 1896, a young easterner named Walter McClintock arrived on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. A forest survey had brought him to Montana, but a chance encounter with a part-Blackfeet scout led him instead to a career as a chronicler of Plains Indian life. McClintock is now well known as the author of two books about his experiences among the Blackfeet, but only a few of his photographs have ever been published. This volume features biographical and interpretive essays about McClintock’s life and work and presents more than one hundred of his little-known images.

Many of McClintock’s photos were eventually reproduced as colored lantern slides. One set of signature views contained numerous brightly lit tepees, rendered so that the great circular Blackfeet encampment “looked like an enormous group of coloured Japanese lanterns.” His pictures, the photographer claimed, “were not posed” but were instead “of real life.” In truth, McClintock’s photographs captured the attire and activities of the Blackfeet during the few weeks each year when they actively celebrated their old ways. Rather than recording day-to-day reservation life, they instead revealed the photographer’s own romantic ideals and nostalgic longing.

Lanterns on the Prairie explores the motivations of the players in McClintock’s story and the historic context of his engagement with the Blackfeet. The photographs themselves provide an irreplaceable visual record of the Blackfeet during a pivotal period in their history.

 

Synopsis:

Presents Walter McClintock's photographs in the wider context of his life and work

Synopsis:

Lanterns on the Prairie explores the motivations of the players in McClintock’s story and the historic context of his engagement with the Blackfeet. The photographs themselves provide an irreplaceable visual record of the Blackfeet during a pivotal period in their history.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806140223
Author:
Mcclintock, Walter
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Editor:
Grafe, Steven L.
Author:
McClintock, Walter
Author:
Grafe, Steven L.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Siksika Indians
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Siksika Indians -- History.
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Americana-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Western Legacies Series
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 color 116 b&w illus., 2 maps
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
11 x 10 x 1.33 in 5.2 lb

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Photography » Anthologies and History
History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies

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Lanterns on the Prairie explores the motivations of the players in McClintock’s story and the historic context of his engagement with the Blackfeet. The photographs themselves provide an irreplaceable visual record of the Blackfeet during a pivotal period in their history.
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