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Maker(s):Rose, John K.; Hopkins, Benjamin S.
Culture:American (Rose, 1849-?; Hopkins, 1859-1915)
Title:Jui and his Squaw Tan-Nah
Date Made:1899
Type:Photograph
Materials:vintage platinum print
Measurements:Sheet: 9 15/16 in x 7 15/16 in ; 25.2 cm x 20.2 cm; Image: 9 3/8 in x 7 3/8 in ; 23.8 cm x 18.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2004.160
Credit Line:Purchase with Wise Fund for Fine Arts
2004-160.jpg

Label Text:
Rose and Hopkins, proprietors of a Denver photography studio, posed this Ute Indian couple in native attire. Jui and Tan-Nah hold, respectively, a pipe and piece of cloth, likely props, and stand in a studio setting before a painted backdrop.

Photographers accompanying geological surveys of the American West, and independent photographers such as Rose and Hopkins, took portraits of Native Americans and captured scenes of their communities. Throughout the nineteenth century, artists attempted to record disappearing traditional cultures while catering to the curiosity of consumers who considered Native Americans “primitive.” Despite the artists’ honorable intentions to preserve endangered ways of life, staged studio portraits such as this are not objective representations and often reinforce narrow and inaccurate stereotypes. Rose and Hopkins use “Squaw” in the title to mean “Wife,” but the word has multiple historical connotations, some of which are offensive.

MD, 2011

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