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1870's Native American Yuma / Quechan Indian Cabinet Card Photo By Bonine #6 For Sale
Rare, original, 1870's, Albumen Oversize Cabinet Card Photograph of a Native American, Yuma / Quechan Indian Campsite featuring a Summer Shelter and a grass house. This wonderful, period, Card Mount Photograph measures approx. 6 7/8” by 4 1/4” and is mounted on its original Card Mount (overall size is 7 1/4” by 4 1/2”). Although the individual subject in not identified, an imprint on the card mount identifies the Image as being from the series titled "Yuma Indians, Arizona" by Los Angeles, California photographer Elias A. Bonine. The back of the card mount has an allover, printed mark of the photographer with advertising text. The image is numbered within the negative with the number "67" (likely the photographer's catalog number).
The Image features a shelter in the foreground with natural log supports, a covered roof and no walls - this type of shelter (called a “ramada”)
was built next to the Grass Hut in which a family lived and was used by the Yuma to offer shade from the brutal sun while still taking advantage of the lightest of breezes and also as a place to store food. An older man sits in the shadow of the shelter wearing a loin cloth and bandana. There is a dog also lying sheltered from the sun and there are various items hanging from the roof - likely pieces of hide and /or sinew drying in the sun - and a hammock is hung in the shade of the shelter. At the right there is a fully enclosed grass hut with its open doorway facing the shelter.
Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Elias Bonine was one of three brothers, all of whom were photographers. Moving to California in 1876, he traveled throughout the state and photographed in remote areas, using his tent as both home and darkroom. He subsequently settled in Lamanda Park, near Pasadena.
Bonine was one of the most prolific photographers of Native American portraits in the Cabinet Card format. Unlike the earlier work of government survey photographers or of early anthropologists who used photography as field research, Bonine's images were made for public audience increasingly enthralled by native subjects. His several trips to Arizona in the 1870s and 1880s produced hundreds of portraits of members of the Yuman tribes, including Maricopas.
The Quechan (or Yuma as they were more popularly known) were a favorite subject of Elias A. Bonine (1843-1916), a photographer from Pasadena, California. Although the Yuma were generally regarded as a peaceful people, they were at the same time ferocious warriors. The Quechan / Yuma were used in the Apache and Geronimo Campaign by General Crook, as they were able to run long distances and live off the little food and water that the desert had to offer.
This rare and wonderful, Native American Indian, Boudoir / Oversize Cabinet Card Photograph is in very good condition. The Photograph exhibits sharp focus and good contrast and tonality although it is a bit faded. Both the Photograph and the card mount are generally clean and crisp and exceptionally well preserved .
A very rare and very beautiful, 1870’s, Oversize Albumen Cabinet Card Photo of a Native American Yuma Indian Summer Shelter and Grass Hut by Elias A. Bonine and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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