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Interior of the Best Indian Kitchen on the Crow Reservation

Richard Throssel Native American

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Richard Throssel, of Canadian Cree and English descent, lived on the Crow reservation in Montana from 1902 to 1911, when government-imposed standards for acculturation and sanitation were commonly imposed policies. Throssel produced this posed image and other health education slides for a nationwide U.S. government campaign to stop the spread of disease. Here, a Crow family is dining together in a tidy wallpapered room, with Euro-American style tableware and linens. However, Native American identity is projected through the woman’s traditional style dress, decorated with elk teeth.

Interior of the Best Indian Kitchen on the Crow Reservation, Richard Throssel (Native American, Cree (adopted Crow), 1882–1933), Glass, Cree (adopted Crow)

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