Peter Mitchell (Dust Maker) – Ponca
This is one of several photographs of Native Americans that were taken by Frank Albert Rinehart and his assistant Adolph Mühr at the Omaha Indian Congress in Nebraska.Full description »
This is one of several photographs of Native Americans that were taken by Frank Albert Rinehart and his assistant Adolph Mühr at the Omaha Indian Congress in Nebraska. The congress was organised in conjunction with the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition and ran from 4th August until 31st October 1898.
This was the largest gathering of Native Americans of its kind, with over 500 members from 35 nations attending – including Geronimo, who was being held as a prisoner of war at Fort Sill. The original intention of organisers of the congress was to illustrate the daily life and activities of the native people. Public demand for spectacle, however, meant that the congress quickly became a series of re-enactments and sham battles.
'The photographs by Frank Rinehart and Adolph Mühr from the 1898 Indian Congress at Omaha were perfectly timed to capture a major transitional period for Native Americans.' Roger Watson, Curator, Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock