The Vanishing Race: The Last Great Indian Council. Joseph Kossuth Dixon.
The Vanishing Race: The Last Great Indian Council
The Vanishing Race: The Last Great Indian Council
The Vanishing Race: The Last Great Indian Council
The Vanishing Race: The Last Great Indian Council
The Vanishing Race: The Last Great Indian Council
The Vanishing Race: The Last Great Indian Council

The Vanishing Race: The Last Great Indian Council

Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1914.

Illustrated by Joseph K Dixon. Second Edition. Hardcover. Good with no dust jacket. Item #10944

Both hinges repaired with Japan tissue, dampstain in front pages to top and fore-edge lightly into text margins, fraying to spine head and tail, tone, owner's signature, later owner's emboss, otherwise light wear. Solid hardcover. ; Richard A Hand; A Bookman's Guide to the Indians of the Americas; D 197. Includes 80 photogravure plates by Joseph K Dixon; his sepia-toned photographs were highly imitative of Edward S Curtis. The "Wanamaker Indian expeditions of 1908, 1909, and 1913 ... were organized and funded by Rodman Wanamaker, heir to the Philadelphia-based Wanamaker department store fortune, and a political advocate for the rights of Native Americans to citizenship in the United States. Wanamaker was particularly concerned that the life and culture of the "vanishing race" would be lost to modernity and relegated to reservation life.To further his cause and to publicize the plight of the American Indian, Wanamaker funded these expeditions to document Indian life and culture through photography, film, and sound recordings. On each of these expeditions, Rodman Wanamaker employed former Baptist preacher and lecturer Joseph Kossuth Dixon as his official photographer and expedition leader. Dixon had previously been employed by Rodman’s father, John Wanamaker, as a lecturer for, and the director of, the Wanamaker department store's education bureau. In his new position with the expeditions, Joseph K. Dixon took over 8,000 negatives of Native Americans ... Unlike Adam Clark Vroman's work, Dixon's photographs over the course of these three trips have been criticized for their sentimentality. Through staged shots and photographic manipulation, Dixon emphasized the romanticism of the "noble savage"—a message that clearly complemented Wanamaker's desire to stir sympathy for Native Americans in the hearts of white citizens. ... Each of the Wanamaker expeditions was organized around a particular conceit that Rodman Wanamaker had chosen as a means to "accurately" depict and preserve Indian life. During the first expedition in 1908, Joseph K. Dixon traveled to the Crow reservation in Montana to film a version of Henry Longfellow's poem, "Song of Hiawatha," using the Native Americans at the agency as actors. He also photographed the Crows at their camp at Little Big Horn. The following year, Rodman Wanamaker charged Dixon with organizing an "old-time Indian council" at the Crow Agency, a traditional gathering of fifty chiefs from several United States reservations to discuss tribal politics; the last gathering of its kind had reportedly occurred in 1867. As with the 1908 expedition, this "Last Great Indian Council," as Dixon and Wanamaker called it, was recorded on motion-picture film and in photographs. During the last expedition in 1913, Dixon organized and photographed a series of flag-raising ceremonies on dozens of Indian reservations across the West, purportedly to show Indian allegiance to the United States and to publicize Rodman Wanamaker's efforts at lobbying for the citizenship of Native Americans." - Massachusetts Historical Society. Dixon stage-managed the Wanamaker Expeditions' events, including gathering the war stories of surviving participants of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Custer's Last Stand. By romanticising the vanishing of Native American Indian culture, Wanamaker and Dixon helped rally support of Reform Era popular efforts for assimilation while at the same time reinforcing the mythology of the noble but vanquished American Indians. A solid Second Revised Edition hardcover of this important work illuminating American social history and popular culture. ; Photographs; xviii, 231 pages.

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