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"Alfred Kroeber and the Photographic Representation of California Indians"
Collection Title: Ethnographic Photographs of California Indian and Sonora Indian Subjects by Alfred L. Kroeber, 1901-1930
Collection Number: Accession 4690
Photographer: Alfred L. Kroeber
636 photographic prints
626 digital objects
Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley
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Ethnographic Photographs of California Indian and Sonora Indian Subjects by Alfred L. Kroeber, 1901-1930, Accession 4690,
catalogue number ___, Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley.
Digital Representations Available
Kroeber's personal photographs and papers are held by The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Ethnographic photographs by Professor Alfred Kroeber in the collection of the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology are works
made for hire.
Scope and Content
The information presented in the container listing, taken from the photographic ledger catalogues, is as complete as possible.
Dates and places are missing when they were not originally recorded. The numbers that are included in parentheses for some
of the photographs from 1907 refer to a series of bodily measurements, taken as part of a survey of the physical anthropology
of California Indians. These were published by Edward Winslow Gifford in 1926,
California Anthropometry (University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology, vol. 22, no. 2).
Note in photographic catalogue: "Photographs numbered 15-3647 through 15-3842 were taken May 16-June 23 , with a Slayton
reflex camera and a Goerz series III, no. 3 (Dager) lens, by A.L. Kroeber, in connection with measurements among the Hupa
and Yurok. Roman numbers denote film-packs, arabic numbers exposures, a and b left and right separate exposures on one film.
In groups, the names always read from left to right."
See the article below for further information on the collection.
"Alfred Kroeber and the Photographic Representation of California Indians"
American Indian Culture and Research Journal
vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 15-32 (1996)
I ra Jacknis is Associate Reserach Anthropologist at the Phoebe Hearst Musem of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley.
In addition to visual anthropology, his interests include museology, the history of anthropology, and the art and culture
of Indians of Western North America.
Although Alfred Kroeber is universally regarded as the founder of California Indian studies,
1 his important use of the camera as an ethnographic tool is virtually unknown. In fact, Kroeber was one of the first anthropologists
to photograph California Native peoples.
California has never attracted as many photographers as other regions of Native America, such as the Southwest.
2 Most likely, this was due to the rapid depopulation and massive acculturation. By the time of Kroeber's fieldwork at the
turn of the century, there were comparatively few Native people left in the state, and from a naive, "Anglo" perspective,
they did not
look particularly Native. Most of the earliest surviving photographs of the California Indian are by a handful of professional
3 In the fall of 1892, Henry W. Henshaw photographed the Pomo living near Ukiah for the Smithsonian's Bureau of American Ethnology.
4 With these pictures, Henshaw became probably the first California Indian photographer who made his living as an anthropologist
-although his training had been in biology. Several years later, Roland Dixon, a Harvard graduate student working for the
American Museum of Natural History, began to photograph the Maidu in 1899. About the same time, Pliny Goddard, a Quaker missionary
among the Hupa, was also taking pictures, which he later published as an anthropologist at the University of California.
5 Finally, in 1901, just before Kroeber joined the University, Dr. Philip M. Jones took a series of Californian Indian pictures
for Phoebe Hearst, the founder of the University's Museum of Anthropology.
When Alfred Kroeber first arrived in California in the summer of 1900, he was still in the middle of research for the American
Museum of Natural History in New York. Born in 1876, Kroeber had grown up in Manhattan and attended Columbia University. While
a graduate student in the late 1890s, he came under the influence of Franz Boas, who initiated him into anthropology. During
the summers of 1899, 1900, and 1901, Kroeber made three collecting trips to the Arapaho and other Plains tribes, sponsored
by the American Museum. We know that he used a camera on these expeditions, but the photos do not seem to have survived.
In August 1900, Kroeber was appointed Curator of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. After
six weeks spent reviewing the collections, Kroeber set out on a collecting trip, first to the north and the Yurok, Hupa, Karuk
around the Klamath River and then south to the Mohave. As the Academy could not afford to pay for collections, which were
usually donated, he left by Christmas.
In late spring of the following year, Kroeber was offered a position in the new museum and department of Anthropology at the
University of California, then being formed under the patronage of Phoebe Apperson Hearst.
7 At its inception, the program's mission was collecting and research; teaching was to be postponed. At the museum, Kroeber
began with an unspecified curatorial position and was officially appointed curator in 1908; he became the Museum's director
8 His initial academic position was that of instructor (1901-06), although he did not start teaching until spring of 1902.
9 Gradually, teaching occupied more of his time.
Alfred Kroeber was overwhelmingly a literary person.
10 He had been an English major in college, taking a master's in the subject in 1897. Accordingly, as an ethnographer his preferred
subjects were language and myth, his preferred medium, pencil and notebook. Working, however, in an embracive, Boasian framework,
11 Kroeber made use of mechanical recording devices--cameras and especially phonographs--to document Native life.
Like all ethnographers, Alfred Kroeber's specific fieldwork practice stemmed from his fundamental conception of the ethnological
project. Three aspects deserve attention here: the creation of an objective record, the need for survey and comparison, and
the construction of an "ethnographic present."
Kroeber took from his mentor Franz Boas a multi-media approach to recording Native cultures--including texts (primarily in
Native languages), ethnographic observations, sound recordings, artifacts, as well as photographs. All were discrete objects
in some way, and all could ultimately be preserved in a museum or archives.
12 Commenting on Kroeber's fieldwork methodology, historian Timothy Thoresen has noted that, "A trip that began with a search
for baskets among the Yurok, for example, might well result also in notebooks full of lists of names for Yurok habitation
sites with estimated population, information on house types, statements of both reported and observed practices, and several
myths with comments on the informants."
13 For Kroeber, however, the visual world of photographs and artifacts was secondary to the verbal realm of linguistic notes
and texts (folklore), and an examination of his field work activity reveals that he spent relatively little time in artifact
collecting, and even less in photography.
Kroeber spent much of the first decade of his career in intensive fieldwork among the Indians of California. Though broad,
this research was essentially shallow, at least during these early years. Confronted by the enormous cultural, social, and
linguistic diversity of Native California, Kroeber's response was survey and mapping.
14 As he noted to Boas in 1903, "virtually all of my field work has been essentially comparative."
15 In that year, this on-going work was formally institutionalized as the Archaeological and Ethnological Survey of California,
with the financial support of Phoebe Hearst.
16 Kroeber's dedication to survey explains the great diversity of Native groups that he recorded in just a few short years,
and it may have discouraged him from focusing on the minute and concrete aspects of culture best captured by the camera.
Ultimately, in fact, photography could not answer the ethnological questions that Kroeber asked. His research was dedicated
to the reconstruction of a Native past that no longer existed.
17 As he explained in the preface to his summarizing
Handbook of the Indians of California, his mission was to "reconstruct and present the scheme within which these people in ancient and more recent times lived their
lives. It is concerned with their civilization --at all events the appearance they presented on discovery, and whenever possible
an unraveling, from such indications as analysis and comparison now and then afford, of the changes and growth of their culture."
18 Kroeber went on to explain that he was omitting "accounts of the relations of the natives with the whites and of the events
befalling them after such contact was established."
19 He would, he added, consider post-contact culture only when necessary to "form an estimate of an ancient vanished culture."
The lives of Native Californians had changed immensely since contact, especially in such crucial aspects of material culture
as clothing and houses. Even their bodies had changed, with significant degrees of intermarriage. The camera could be of little
use in documenting "the appearance they presented on discovery." It could not record a vanished culture.
As most of Kroeber's fieldwork, especially of Californian peoples, was sponsored by the University of California, it is not
surprising that all of his surviving original photographs are in the collections of the Hearst Museum of Anthropology (formerly,
the Lowie Museum), at the Berkeley campus. Although museum records make it difficult to determine precisely which photographs
are Kroeber's, 636 images appear to have been taken by him. Generally, especially in his early years, Kroeber employed a smaller,
more portable camera (with 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch film), instead of the larger glass-plate devices used by many professionals.
Kroeber's photography naturally corresponds to the people, places, and dates of his more general ethnographic fieldwork. Some
of his pictures were taken in 1901, but most of his early photography came in 1902, when he spent several months in the field.
For the following few years, academic duties kept him close to home. The next substantial body of photographs--in fact, the
bulk of his work in this medium--were produced in 1907, when he took many portraits as part of a survey of the physical anthropology
of California natives. Undoubtedly, he was also impelled by the knowledge that the department's founder and benefactor, Phoebe
Hearst, would be drastically reducing her funding in 1908.
21 Kroeber's last ethnographic photographs were twenty images of the Seri of Baja California, taken in March of 1930.
Although Kroeber collected artifacts from at least eighteen different groups before 1918--when he finished work on the
Handbook--his photography was much more restricted. Only three groups were substantially documented--the Yurok (220), Hupa (133),
and Yahi (121). Five more were modestly recorded--Karuk (37), Cahuilla (35), Mohave (34), Yokuts (20), and Seri (20), and
four were subjects of essentially miscellaneous photography--Round Valley Reservation (6), Luiseo (4), Wintun (3), and Southeastern
The Yurok were virtually the first California group that Kroeber encountered, and they were, by far, the principal subject
of his ethnography over his long career.
22 In contrast to other Native groups, which Kroeber usually photographed only once, the Yurok were visually documented repeatedly--in
1901, 1902, 1906, and 1907. Of these pictures, 89 depicted people and 72 were of scenery and sites.
The second-most popular subject of Kroeber's photography was Ishi, the last Yahi Indian, who lived at the Anthropology Museum
of the University of California from September, 1911 until his death in March of 1916. In May of 1914, Kroeber took Ishi and
a research team back to Ishi's homeland in the Deer Creek area of Tehama County, in northeastern California. For a month,
Ishi demonstrated the now-vanished customs of his people, which Kroeber and his friends documented in about 150 images (about
one half of the Ishi photo collection at the Museum).
Another relatively large body of Kroeber photographs were of the Hupa of the Trinity River area, also in Northwestern California.
All his Hupa photographs were taken in 1907, nominally for the physical anthropology survey. Generally, Kroeber had left Hupa
ethnography and photography to his University colleague Pliny Goddard, just as he had left recording of the Pomo to his student
Samuel Barrett, and the Maidu to Roland Dixon's expeditions, sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History.
Without doubt, the major subject of Kroeber's photography was people, most taken on his 1907 survey of physical anthropology.
The second most common is scenery, with material culture (houses and artifact production/use) a distant third.
Although not remembered today as a museum anthropologist, Kroeber actually did a fair amount of artifact collecting.
23 Unlike other ethnographic photographers--men like James Mooney or even Franz Boas--however, Kroeber took very few pictures
of portable objects (baskets, drums, bows, etc.). In several pictures, he did record in a field setting artifacts that he
subsequently collected for the Museum, for instance, a Yurok door and some baskets.
Architecture--family and sweat houses--was the principal subject of his material culture images. In keeping with his salvage
motives, Kroeber recorded only the old-style plank houses that were rapidly becoming obsolete instead of the western-style
milled frame houses in which most Yurok were living at the time. However, among the several important shots of house interiors,
one can discern tin cans and other items of modern life.
Kroeber took very few shots of technological process, of objects being made and used. Most in this category depict fishing
along the Klamath River. Furthermore, with one notable exception, Kroeber took no sequence shots of related stages in a given
activity (e.g., pottery-making or dancing).
25 The principal exception occurred during the 1914 trip with Ishi to Deer Creek (see below).
Kroeber took many pictures of scenery in Native territory, especially in the Klamath River area. While at first glance these
images, with no sign of human occupation, appear to be devoid of ethnological interest, closer investigation (documented in
the writing of Kroeber and his colleagues) reveals that they illustrate sites important to Native mythology or ritual. Following,
perhaps, the cultural emphases of a riverine people, Kroeber also linked some of his photos spatially, constructing a panorama
along a river or mountain valley by taking two or three contiguous and overlapping shots.
While such an approach was not unknown among ethnographic photographers of his time,
27 Kroeber's extensive interest in this sphere reveals an acute sensitivity to Native world view. Native peoples of Northwestern
California regarded their surroundings as the sites of great events during mythic times. In adopting this perspective, Kroeber
recalls the Native interests revealed in photographs by George Hunt, the Kwakiutl assistant of Franz Boas.
28 What is striking, for our argument, is that these pictures are devoid of a physical or surface meaning. That is, they derive
their significance from intangibles, from what is not seen, and thus, they are yet another sign of Kroeber's interest in a
primarily verbal ethnography.
Most of Kroeber's photographs of people were taken on his 1907 physical anthropology survey. While many are indeed the kinds
of head shots, posed in linked frontal and profile pairs, that would be suitable for such a survey, many are of groups of
children, whole figures shot from a distance, which would be of little use for any scientific investigation. By Kroeber's
time, such physical type photography had a long tradition in anthropology, but one that would not last much longer.
29 Kroeber measured many of these individuals (keyed to his field notes in the museum's photo catalogue).
Generally, people are dressed in their everyday, western attire; a few wear ceremonial regalia. Kroeber made no effort to
dress them in aboriginal clothes, unlike Edward Curtis or even Franz Boas.
30 Kroeber probably did this because he did not intend to use the photos for public consumption, and/or because it would have
taken too much time and effort away from his priority of writing.
Many of the people Kroeber photographed were related; in separate shots he recorded generations of grandparents, parents,
and children. At least on his 1907 survey, his photography was actually quite comprehensive; he was able to take pictures
of 93 Hupa people (21 men, 14 women, and 58 children) out of a total population of 420.
The photographs of Ishi are the largest body of Kroeber's portraits. He shared the photographic duties on the 1914 expedition
with Dr. Saxton Pope, Ishi's friend and physician. Given Pope's keen interest in archery, it comes as no surprise that he
took most of the pictures of Ishi using bow and arrow.
In many respects, this Ishi series is unusual in Kroeber's oeuvre. While living in San Francisco, Ishi wore white man's clothes--typically,
trousers, shirt, jacket, and shoes. Although Ishi went up to Deer Creek in western clothing, Kroeber had him strip down for
performances to be documented by the camera (sequences documenting fire-making, bow and arrow-making, hunting, fishing). In
these images, Ishi wears a loin-cloth that he may never have worn before coming into the white man's world. Yahi men had formerly
worn a variety of animal skin robes, blankets, and aprons.
32 In fact, although Ishi and his family were attempting to flee from "civilization," he lived his entire life in a world formed
by the white man. Along with glass-bottle projectile points and metal spoons, the Yahi of Ishi's time also used cloth hats
and denim bags.
The marked differences between the Ishi corpus and the rest of Kroeber's photographic portraits is a reflection of the special
place that Ishi occupied in his research. First, Ishi was a major public sensation, and Kroeber may have felt more of a compulsion
to "dress up" (or rather "down") Ishi. Perhaps significantly, he used a larger, 5 by 7 inch camera for the Ishi series, thereby
ensuring a better, more detailed image. More generally, with an ethnography predicated upon salvage and the vanishing Indian,
Kroeber believed that Ishi was the closest he had come to an untouched California aboriginal. These would be the photographs
that he could never get.
PUBLICATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Alfred Kroeber used relatively few photos in his publications, and when he did, they are minimally captioned. His most extensively
illustrated publication is his summary reference work, the
Handbook of the Indians of California.
34 In the photographs, like the text itself, he supplements his own research with the work of his students and colleagues.
Generally, Kroeber presented his images very closely to how he originally photographed them, with little cropping, enlargement,
or retouching. In his captions, he used his pictures to construct an "ethnographic present." None of the people illustrated
Handbook are identified by personal name, which were often known to Kroeber. For instance, pictures of Ishi shooting a bow and drilling
fire are identified as "Yahi" instead of with Ishi's name.
35 Nor did Kroeber date any of his photographs in captions until after 1940, when he began to publish his research in collaboration
with his students. By then, these images had achieved a kind of historical significance.
In fact, Kroeber seems to have made the most extensive use of photographs quite late in his life, when he co-authored two
important monographs with younger colleagues. Both were on Northwestern California subjects--on World Renewal ceremonies and
fishing. In the former volume, there is a comparison between an 1890s photo by Augustus Ericson and a 1902 version by Kroeber
of the same Yurok sweat house, with a consideration of the changes, and the latter volume includes a good deal of analysis
based directly on photographic evidence.
36 Given the marked difference between these approaches and those publications authored solely by Kroeber, one may conclude
that such photographic sophistication was due to Kroeber's student colleagues.
Research on the visual imagery of California Indians has not progressed enough to allow us to make an adequate comparison
of Alfred Kroeber's work with those of his colleagues: fellow ethnographers such as Roland Dixon, Pliny Goddard, C. Hart Merriam,
and John P. Harrington; students like Samuel A. Barrett and Edward W. Gifford; collectors John W. Hudson and Grace Nicholson;
and professional photographers such as Augustus W. Ericson, who preceded Kroeber, and Edward Curtis, who came after.
A few comparisons strike one, however. Conspicuously absent in Kroeber's oeuvre are the ceremonial images of the Hupa and
Yurok taken by his predecessor, Augustus W. Ericson.
39 Ericson had to overcome a good bit of resistance to take these pictures, and perhaps Kroeber's need to establish rapport
encouraged him to respect Native wishes. Another possible reason was that Kroeber's summer trips did not coincide with the
usual times of these ceremonies. Compared to Edward Curtis, Kroeber seems to have recorded Indian people as he found them,
not dressing them up in archaic clothing (with the notable exception of Ishi) or in ceremonial regalia which they wore only
at special occasions.
Alfred Kroeber's photographs have come to serve as some of our principal sources for the visual image of Native Californians.
They were featured prominently in the major photographic album devoted to the subject,
Almost Ancestors, as well as the recent magazine,
News from Native California.
40 Perhaps the most interesting and most extensive use of his pictures was by his widow, Theodora Kroeber, in her influential
biography of Ishi.
41 Relying heavily on the 1914 Deer Creek series, Mrs. Kroeber followed her husband's lead in situating Ishi as a pre-contact
aborigine, further contributing to the creation of a mythical, in fact, timeless, "ethnographic present."
In the last decade, however, Native Californian cultures have been restored to their temporal position. The recent revitalization
of these cultures has generated an intensive search for any and all records of earlier times. Native people are now the most
interested and dedicated users of these ethnographic collections. Alfred Kroeber's photographs have been given a relevance
and active use that would probably have surprised but not displeased him.
1 Robert F. Heizer, "History of Research," in California, ed. Robert F. Heizer, Handbook of North American Indians, 8, ed. William
C. Sturtevant (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1978), 8; Sylvia Brakke Vane, "California Indians, Historians, and
Ethnographers," California History 71 (1992):335. For invaluable assistance in locating and evaluating the Kroeber photographs,
I would like to thank Mary Johenk, undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley. For stimulating conversations and
guidance, I thank Eugene Prince, photographer, Hearst Museum, and Sally McLendon, City University of New York.
2 Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive review of California Indian photography; see Theodora Kroeber and Robert F. Heizer,
Almost Ancestors: The First Californians (San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1968). For pre-photographic representations in drawings,
paintings, and etchings, see Theodora Kroeber, Albert B. Elsasser, and Robert F. Heizer, Drawn from Life: California Indians
in Pen and Brush (Socorro, NM: Ballena Press, 1977).
3 Peter E. Palmquist, "Mirror of Our Conscience: Surviving Photographic Images of California Indians Produced Before 1860,"
Journal of California Anthropology 5 (1978):163-78.
4 Sally McLendon, "Preparing Museum Collections for Use as Primary Data in Ethnographic Research," in The Research Potential
of Anthropological Museum Collections, eds. Anne-Marie Cantwell, James B. Griffin, Nan A. Rothschild (Annals of the New York
Academy of Sciences 376, 1981), 203.
5 Pliny E. Goddard, Life and Culture of the Hupa (University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology
1, 1903), 1-88.
6 Kroeber reported that most of his Arapaho photos had been destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. To date,
the surviving prints to which he referred have not been located in the American Museum's collections. Alfred L. Kroeber to
Clark Wissler, 19 October 1906, Dept. of Anthropology Archives, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).
7 Timothy H. H. Thoresen, "Paying the Piper and Calling the Tune: The Beginnings of Academic Anthropology in California," Journal
of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 11 (1975):257-75.
8 Kroeber retired from the Museum in 1947, serving as director emeritus until his death in 1960.
9 Kroeber's academic positions were: instructor (1901-06), assistant professor (1906-11), associate professor (1911-19), full
professor (1919-46), professor emeritus (1946-60).
10 . . . Theodora Kroeber, Alfred Kroeber: A Personal Configuration (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1970).
11 Ira Jacknis, "Franz Boas and Exhibits: On the Limitations of the Museum Method of Anthropology," in Objects and Others: Essays
on Museums and Material Culture, ed. George W. Stocking (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985), 75-111; "The Ethnographic
Object and the Object of Ethnology in the Early Career of Franz Boas," in Volkgeist as Method and Ethic: Essays on Boasian
Ethnography and the German Anthropological Tradition, ed. George W. Stocking (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996),
12 For a critical statement of Boas's "objective" and collecting orientation to ethnology, see his 1903 testimony to the Smithsonian
committee investigating the Bureau of American Ethnology, in Curtis M. Hinsley, Jr., Savages and Scientists: The Smithsonian
Institution and the Development of American Anthropology, 1846-1910 (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1981),
268; and Jacknis, "The Ethnographic Object and the Object of Ethnology."
13 Timothy H. H. Thoresen, "Kroeber and the Yurok, 1900-1908," in Yurok Myths, by Alfred L. Kroeber (Berkeley: University of
California Press, 1976), xxi.
14 Regna D. Darnell, "The Development of American Anthropology, 1879-1920: From the Bureau of American Ethnology to Franz Boas"
(Ph.D. dissertation in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 1969), 299-318; Harner and McLendon in Eric R. Wolf, "Alfred
Kroeber," in Totems and Teachers: Perspectives on the History of Anthropology, ed. Sydel Silverman (New York: Columbia University
Press, 1981), 58-60; Thomas Buckley, "Kroeber's Theory of Culture Areas and the Ethnology of Northwestern California," Anthropological
Quarterly 62 (1989):15-26.
15 Alfred L. Kroeber to Franz Boas, 19 May 1903, AMNH.
16 Alfred Kroeber and Frederic W. Putnam, The Department of Anthropology of the University of California (Berkeley: University
of California, 1905).
17 Thomas Buckley, "'The Little History of Pitiful Events': The Epistemological and Moral Contexts of Kroeber's Californian Ethnology,"
in Volkgeist as Method and Ethic: Essays on Boasian Ethnography and the German Anthropological Tradition, ed. George Stocking
(Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996), 257-97.
18 Alfred L. Kroeber, Handbook of the Indians of California (Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin no. 78, 1925), v.
19 Kroeber, Handbook, vi.
20 Actually Kroeber seems to have used a variety of camera formats, including 2 1/2 by 3 1/2, 3 1/4 by 3 1/4, 3 1/2 by 5 1/2,
4 by 5, 5 by 7, 6 1/2 by 8 1/2, 8 by 10 inches. Such a diversity within a few years is a little surprising; it is not clear
if these were all Museum cameras. He never seems to have used glass-plate negatives.
21 Thoresen, "Paying the Piper."
22 Thoresen, "Kroeber and the Yurok."
23 Ira Jacknis, "Alfred Kroeber as a Museum Anthropologist," Museum Anthropology 17 (1993):27-32.
24 Yurok wooden door (1-11855), collected in May, 1907 (Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, accession 288).
25 See Ira Jacknis, "Franz Boas and Photography," Studies in Visual Communication 10 (1984):2-60; "James Mooney as an Ethnographic
Photographer," Visual Anthropology 3 (1990):179-212.
26 In June, 1907, Kroeber recorded the Yurok "Medicine for the Dead" on nineteen wax cylinders (37 min., 30 sec.), translated
in Alfred L. Kroeber, Yurok Myths (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976), 305-07. "The formulist here addresses
19 landmarks (rocks that embody or contain spirits) beginning upriver and ending at the mouth of the Klamath at Requa." Richard
Keeling, A Guide to Early Field Recordings (1900-1949) at the Lowie Museum of Anthropology (Berkeley: University of California
Press, 1991), 81. Many of Kroeber's scenic shots were used by his student Thomas T. Waterman in his Yurok Geography (University
of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology 16, 1920), 177-314.
27 For Mooney, cf. Jacknis, "James Mooney."
28 Ira Jacknis, "George Hunt, Kwakiutl Photographer," in Anthropology and Photography, 1860-1920, ed. Elizabeth Edwards (New
Haven: Yale University Press, 1992), 146.
29 Jacknis, "Franz Boas and Photography"; Elizabeth Edwards, "Photographic 'Types': The Pursuit of Method," Visual Anthropology
30 Jacknis, "Franz Boas and Photography."
31 William J. Wallace, "Hupa, Chilula, and Whilkut," in California, ed. Heizer, 176.
32 Jerald Jay Johnson, "Yana," in California, ed. Heizer, 367.
33 Robert F. Heizer and Theodora Kroeber, eds., Ishi, The Last Yahi: A Documentary History (Berkeley: University of California
Press, 1979), 154.
35 Kroeber, Handbook, pl. 78. Of course, "Ishi" was not his real name, which he refused to divulge. Ishi, meaning "man" in Yahi,
was given to him by Kroeber (Theodora Kroeber, Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America (Berkeley:
University of California Press, 1961; deluxe, illustrated edition, 1976), 127-29.
36 Alfred Kroeber and Samuel A. Barrett, Fishing Among the Indians of Northwestern California (University of California Anthropological
Records 21, 1960), 152; Alfred Kroeber and Edward W. Gifford, World Renewal: A Cult System of Native Northwest California
(University of California Anthropological Records 13, 1949), 29-30, 33-34.
37 Several of Kroeber's physical-type portraits and most of his metric data were published by Edward W. Gifford as part of his
summary of California Anthropometry (University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology 22, 1926),
217-390. Gifford also includes a list of published portraits of Californian Indians (345-46). Interestingly, Gifford did not
seem able to incorporate visual data into his analyses, using them more as confirmation and as illustrations. For a discussion
of racial type photography in nineteenth century anthropology, see Edwards, "Photographic Types."
38 As Sally McLendon points out (pers. comm.), not all these "photographers" took their own pictures. The wonderful images associated
with Grace Nicholson, for example, were probably taken by her field associate, Carroll S. Hartman (see McLendon, "Preparing
Museum Collections," 213-18). She also notes that few photographers represented Indians from all over the state. Unlike Kroeber
and Curtis, most worked among the Native peoples around their homes. There is still much research to be done on this subject.
39 Peter E. Palmquist with Lincoln Kilian, A.W. Ericson. The Photographers of the Humboldt Bay Region, 7 (Arcata, CA: Peter E.
Palmquist, 1989), 95-97; revised edition of Fine California Views: The Photographs of A.W. Ericson (Eureka: Interface California
40 T. Kroeber and Heizer, Almost Ancestors, as well as the recent magazine, News from Native California, edited by Malcolm Margolin
(Berkeley: Heyday Books, 1987 ).
41 T. Kroeber, Ishi in Two Worlds.