Powell Survey Stereoviews of Paiute Indians, Photographed by Hillers
Lot of 24 stereoviews, all albumen prints on yellow cabinet-size mounts with U.S. Topographical and Geological Survey imprints on recto and titles on printed paper labels on verso (two styles). All are from the series Indians of the Colorado Valley and feature individuals from one of three bands of Southern Paiute Indians: Kai-vav-its, or Kaibab (18 views), Nu-a-gun-tits, or Las Vegas band (5), and U-ai Nu-ints (1). John K. Hillers captured these scenes while serving as the official photographer for John Wesley Powell and Almon Harris Thompson's 1871-1874 expeditions down the Colorado River. His photographs showcase the dress, daily work, and social customs of the various tribes of Southern Paiute Indians found in the greater Grand Canyon area of northern Arizona, southern Utah, and southwestern Nevada.
Particularly notable scenes in this group include No. 2 - Group of Men in Full Dress and No. 3 - Chu-ai-um-peak and His Friends, showing warriors wearing feather headdresses and posed with bows and arrows; Nos. 11 and 12 - Ta'vo-kok-i, or The Circle Dance; No. 14 - Group of Women in Full Dress; No. 19 - Game of Wolf and Deer and No. 20 - "One-little Two-little Three-little Injuns," showing children at play; No. 69 - E-nu-ints-i-gaip, One of the Ancients (two copies), showing a Las Vegas elder wearing a head ornament and holding a bow and arrows; and and views of Kaibab women gathering seeds, carrying water, and grinding grain.
Most with light soiling and worn corners.