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Acting out their notions of Native American culture, these Deerfield, Massachusetts, men imitate "Indians" praying in Deerfield's 1913 historical pageant. Like many historical pageants of the time, Deerfield's depicted Native Americans in association with nature, soon to be conquered by the "civilizing" English. In pretending to be engaged in a Native American religious activity, they belittle the customs of Native people.


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Native Americans praying

photographer   Frances and Mary Allen
date   1913
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.14.1395.01-.04

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"Pageant of Old Deerfield on the Grounds of the Allen Homestead"

Indians Glimpse a Vision of the Future



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