Ernest L. Hoppe Kansas Kickapoo Indian Woman
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
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
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.