This essay explores the complex history of contrived photographs of Native American Indians created by non-Native photographers around the turn of the twentieth century. Based on research and surveys this essay overviews issues associated with contrived photographs, colonial narratives of history, and offers perspectives and survey feedback on practices that could improve archival description of controversial historical photographs of American Indians found in archives around the world.

Author Biography

Zachary R. Jones is the Archivist & Collection Manager for the Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau, Alaska and is an Adjunct Instructor of History at University of Alaska Southeast. Jones is also a Ph.D. student in Ethnohistory via University of Alaska Fairbanks, focusing on aspects of Tlingit Indian history.



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