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The girl wears the cedar-bark ornaments that are tied to the hair of virgins on the fifth morning of their puberty ceremony, as described in Volume XI, page 42. The fact that the girl who posed for this picture was the prospective mother of an illegitimate child caused considerable amusement to the native onlookers and to herself.
Blankets Clothing and dress Manners and customs Native Americans Nootka Indians Photogravure Portrait photography Portraits Women's clothing
Photogravure, 18.25 x 22.25 inches: The North American Indian; being a series of volumes picturing and describing the Indians of the United States, and Alaska, 970.6 C942 vol.11 plates, William Smith Mason Collection of Western Americana, Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library