Ernest L. Hoppe Kansas Kickapoo Indian Woman

Price $750

Ref.# 14105

Medium Albumen cabinet card

Mount on original printed mount

Photo Date 1880s  Print Date 1880s

Dimensions 5-9/16 x 3-7/8 in. (141 x 98 mm)

Photo Country United States (USA)

Photographer Country Germany

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Many of Hoppe's photographs show individuals or small groups in Western-style clothing (typically, women wore dresses and the men pants, shirts, and black "slouch" hats), though there are some Kickapoo posing in more traditional dress. His studio was in Horton, KS. He was reportedly of German descent. He also made photographs showing reservation buildings, including the training school, Kenekuk's church and the Presbyterian mission.

Hoppe's work is free from the heavy romanticism that colors a fair amount of American Indian photography from this period. While there is some indications that Hoppe worked with and was hired by local historian Milo Custer to photograph the Kickapoo, this cabinet photograph clearly predates that 1906 work, and is quite rare. It is probably because of this earlier work, that Custer went to Hoppe for his help later.

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