Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology
A New Look At Some Old Data: The Nisenan Photographs of Alexander W. Chase
- Author(s): Blackburn, Thomas C.
- et al.
In 1877, Stephen Powers wrote an extended passage on the topic of money and wealth among Native Californians, and illustrated it by itemizing the treasured possessions of a specific Nisenan chief’s family. His account was originally accompanied by four woodcuts based on photographs created in 1874 by Alexander Chase; those photographs are reproduced here, and compared with several additional images from the 1850s to suggest other possible social ramifications of some of the ‘wealth’ items on Powers’ list.