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Picturing Indians: Photographic Encounters and Tourist Fantasies in H. H. Bennett's Wisconsin Dells #2020

Picturing Indians Photographic Encounters and Tourist Fantasies in H H Bennett s Wisconsin Dells Today a tourist mecca the area now known as the Wisconsin Dells was once wilderness and a gathering place for the region s Native peoples the Ho Chunk who for centuries migrated to this part of the

  • Title: Picturing Indians: Photographic Encounters and Tourist Fantasies in H. H. Bennett's Wisconsin Dells
  • Author: Steven D. Hoelscher Paul S. Boyer
  • ISBN: 9780299226046
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Paperback
  • Picturing Indians: Photographic Encounters and Tourist Fantasies in H. H. Bennett's Wisconsin Dells By Steven D. Hoelscher Paul S. Boyer, Today a tourist mecca, the area now known as the Wisconsin Dells was once wilderness and a gathering place for the region s Native peoples, the Ho Chunk, who for centuries migrated to this part of the Wisconsin River for both sustenance and spiritual renewal By the late 1800s their numbers had dwindled through displacement or forcible removal, and it was this smaller bandToday a tourist mecca, the area now known as the Wisconsin Dells was once wilderness and a gathering place for the region s Native peoples, the Ho Chunk, who for centuries migrated to this part of the Wisconsin River for both sustenance and spiritual renewal By the late 1800s their numbers had dwindled through displacement or forcible removal, and it was this smaller band that caught the attention of photographer Henry Hamilton Bennett Having built his reputation on his photographs of the Dells steep gorges and fantastic rock formations, H H Bennett now turned his camera upon the Ho Chunk themselves, and thus began the many layered relationship unfolded by Steven D Hoelscher in Picturing Indians Photographic Encounters and Tourist Fantasies in H H Bennett s Wisconsin Dells The interactions between Indian and white man, photographer and photographed, suggested a relationship in which commercial motives and friendly feelings mixed, though not necessarily in equal measure The Ho Chunk resourcefully sought new ways to survive in the increasingly tourist driven economy of the Dells Bennett, struggling to keep his photography business alive, capitalized on America s comfortably nostalgic image of Native peoples as a vanishing race, no longer threatening and now safe for white consumption Hoelscher traces these developments through letters, diaries, financial records, guidebooks, and periodicals of the day He places Bennett within the context of contemporary artists and photographers of American Indians and examines the receptions of this legacy by the Ho Chunk today In the final chapter, he juxtaposes Bennett s depictions of Native Americans with the work of present day Ho Chunk photographer Tom Jones, who documents the lives of his own people with a subtlety and depth foreshadowed, a century ago, in the flickers of irony, injury, humor, and pride conveyed by his Ho Chunk ancestors as they posed before the lens of a white photographer Winner, Book Award of Merit, Wisconsin Historical Society, Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for Regional Interests, selected by the Public Library Association

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    1 thought on “Picturing Indians: Photographic Encounters and Tourist Fantasies in H. H. Bennett's Wisconsin Dells

    1. This is an academic book that one would probably only be interested in if he or she were interested in learning about H.H Bennett s connections with the Native American population in Wisconsin Dells There is not a lot of extrapolation to other Native American groups or other photographers or much historical context There is some, but I mean to say the scope of this book is narrow Still, I was interested in the topic and enjoyed the book especially the photographs.

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