Photo: Council Chief Bone Necklace Hand-Colored Portrait

Photo: Council Chief Bone Necklace Hand-Colored Portrait



This week’s featured image comes from the Facebook page for the film Moses on the Mesa and shows Council Chief Bone Necklace, Oglala Lakota, 1899.

Color photography didn’t exist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and that frustrated photographers, so they got resourceful. Using brushes and paint or pastels, images were painted by hand to produce color photographs.

Moses on the Mesa, a film by Paul Ratner, tells the true story of Solomon Bibo, a German Jewish immigrant who became Governor of Acoma Pueblo; the photo gathering that started as research for the film has become a project of its own.

To learn more about the film (and to see more images from the filmmaker’s collection) check out ICTMN’s interview with Ratner.

RELATED: 20 Remarkable Hand-Colored Portraits of American Indians

This image was featured in this week’s Indian Country Today Media Network newsletter.

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