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Title John K. Hillers photographs of the Zuni, Hopi and Rio Grande River pueblos in New Mexico and Arizona: Vol 2
Photographer Hillers, John K. (1843-1925)
Document Type Photograph
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue (applies to John K. Hillers collection as a whole): Mounted albumen prints of pueblos in the Rio Grande River region of New Mexico, of the Zuni pueblo in New Mexico, and of the Hopi pueblos in Arizona, taken mainly from 1879 to 1882. Rio Grande river region pueblo views include Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Sandia, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, and Zia. In addition to numerous views of the Zuni pueblo, there are images of Zuni governors, school children with teacher Taylor F. Ealey, albinos, mud heads, dancers and a water carrier. The Hopi pueblos of Hano, Mishongnovi, Oraibi, Shipaulovi Shongopovi, Sichomovi, and Walpi are documented, and there are images of a Hopi woman’s dance at Oraibi and a Hopi weaver at Walpi. There are also portraits of Pima chief Azul with his son and grandson, and of a Navajo woman named Hedipa or Hedida.
Names Ealey, Taylor F.; Hammaker, Jenny
Places Arizona, New Mexico, United States
Keywords observation, pueblo, settlement, dance, ceremony, ritual, chief, school, education, church
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters; Missionaries and Education
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southwest
Additional Information Hillers was a Western expedition photographer. Born in Germany in 1843, John K. Hillers came to the United States in 1852. After serving in the American Civil War, Hillers worked at various jobs until he met John Wesley Powell, geologist and ethnologist, who hired him to assist him in his expedition to survey the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. Hillers became interested in the role of the team’s photographer, and by 1872, he took over that role. He spent the next twenty years travelling and photographing the American West. Hillers worked for Powell until 1900, as photographer for the Bureau of American Ethnology (1879-1881) and as chief photographer of the U.S. Geological Survey (1881-1900). In 1879 Hillers joined Frank Hamilton Cushing and James Stevenson in an important anthropological expedition to the Southwest, compiling an extensive visual record of the pueblos and archeological ruins of Arizona and New Mexico. After official retirement in 1900, Hillers continued as a government photographer until 1919. He died in 1925.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference Ayer Photographs Box 95: Pueblo Indians, Hillers, Volume 2
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue