Category Archives: Native Americans

Land Bargain in L.A.: 50 Cents an Acre!

Read the entire edition online at USC, scanned from a copy at the Huntington Library. March 28, 1863: The city of Los Angeles is selling 2,000 acres “within the eastern boundary of the city” at a minimum price of 50 … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – C.C. Pierce

This photo from the studio of Charles C. Pierce of Los Angeles, showing the relocation of Yaqui women by order of the Mexican government, has been listed on EBay. Pierce operated one of the most prolific studios in late 19th … Continue reading

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A Casebook on ‘Los Angeles Plays Itself’

A user named smithrs has uploaded Thom Andersen’s elusive film essay “Los Angeles Plays Itself” to YouTube. The two-part film is something of a cult item in Los Angeles because Andersen made it without licensing the hundreds of clips he … Continue reading

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History and Obituaries in the News

My Times colleague Connie Stewart has a nice piece about the Fenelon Place Elevator in her hometown of Dubuque, Iowa. Times obituary writer Elaine Woo profiles Cahuilla Indian leader Katherine Siva Saubel, one of the few speakers of the Cahuilla … Continue reading

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Suspect in After-Hours Sex at Museum: ‘I Get Around’

Image: The Charleston Museum, where Michael L. Miller was arrested on charge of having sex at 3 a.m. Neale Gulley of Reuters reports that the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum in Buffalo, N.Y., is building Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1927 design … Continue reading

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Remembering ‘Injun Summer’ – But Not in a Good Way

Image: Detail of “Injun Summer” (d. 1992), by John T. McCutcheon, once an annual fall tradition of the Chicago Tribune. The old man tells the boy: “Don’t be skeered — hain’t none around here now, leastways no live ones.’” An … Continue reading

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A Revolution in Research

Image: Rohwer Camp #23. Credit: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

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Smithsonian Plans Exhibit on Paradox of Jefferson and Slavery

Photo: “New Native Photography”; “Shiprock Fair, 2009.” Credit: Jinniibaah Manuelito Jacqueline Trescott of the Washington Post writes that the Smithsonian Institution and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello are collaborating on a new exhibit about Jefferson and slavery. “Jefferson and … Continue reading

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A summary of history-related posts on the Web: Chicago Tribune The Trib has an item on the Children’s Museum remaining at Navy Pier rather than moving to Grant Park as the facility is transferred to private management. Here’s the Trib’s … Continue reading

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A Guide to Buying Native American Arts and Crafts

My friend Mark Bahti has posted an excellent guide to buying Native American arts and crafts. Mark operates Bahti Indian Arts, which was founded by his father, Tom. Mark says: Visitors to any of Arizona’s 22 tribes have a wonderful … Continue reading

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And Show Them How to Run Casinos

July 10, 1907Los AngelesAmong the features of an educational conference being held in Los Angeles is a group of Native American students brought by Francis E. Leupp, the commissioner of Indian Affairs.A Times editorial praised Leupp, saying: “He appears to … Continue reading

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Paul Schrader’s 1971 Notes on Film Noir

Paul Schrader’s 1971 essay “Notes on Film Noir” in all its sappy, naive glory, with typos by me. In 1946, French critics, seeing the American films they had missed during the war, noticed the new mood of cynicism, pessimism and … Continue reading

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