MINING SCENE WITH A FLUME AND MINERS, INCLUDING A CALIFORNIA INDIAN (?) IN FOREGROUND, (between ca. 1855 and 1860)

Mining Scene, Photographer unknown
Mining Scene
Photographer unknown
[BANC PIC 1989.014--CASE]

This photographic print is a reproduction of a fragile collodion positive print on oil cloth that is believed to be the earliest photographic representation of an American Indian in The Bancroft Library collections.

This reproduction portrays five individuals standing amid a California mining operation. The shirtless man in the foreground, holding a stake or rod, is believed by some to be an American Indian.

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