Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Point Blankets as Native Costume

While writing up the previous post on HBC blanket capots I came across a couple of other historical images of distinguished Native Americans wrapped in Hudson's Bay Company point blankets.
    The first is a studio portrait posed in front of a sharply contrasting neo-classical scene of columns and a gushing fountain, of the Modoc leader Kintpuash:

known to his enemies as Captain Jack, who was hanged on October 3, 1873 for the murder of US Army General Edward Canby during the Modoc War.
    The photo, which dates from around 1864, clearly shows the colored bars and size points (below the left shoulder), of Kintpuash's HBC blanket.
    (Coincidentally, there will be a public talk on "The Archaeology of Captain Jack's Stronghold," by NPS archaeologists Jacqueline Cheung and Eric Gleason on Thursday, July 12, 2012, 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. Details HERE.)

    The other image is of Louie Wapato, (1888-1983), reputed to be the first Indian lawyer in the state of Washington. It dates from around 1907, and was probably taken near Chelan, Washington, which is located just south of the former HBC trading post at Fort Okanogan.



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