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MSU American Indian Heritage Pow Wow Portraits:
Photographs by Douglas Elbinger

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Historically, photographers have made posed, studio portraits of American Indians dressed in traditional clothing. These historical photographs provide an important record of aspects of tribal history. However, these portraits do not always accurately reflect information about the individual or the culture. The photographs within this exhibition offer a rare opportunity to see American Indians dressed in contemporary traditional regalia. Photographer Douglas Elbinger has been recognized as a leading source for the copy and restoration of historic photographs. He has worked with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives, as well as many other museums and historic societies across the country.


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This exhibition has been displayed at the following sites: DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Auburn Hills, MI; Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI; Kellogg Center, Michigan State University Campus, East Lansing, MI; Marquette Mission Park & Museum of Ojibway Culture, St. Ignace, MI; McCune Art Center, Petoskey, MI; Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI; Montcalm Community College, Sidney, MI; Nokomis American Indian Cultural Learning Center, Okemos, MI; Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Detroit, MI; Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI; Hope College, Holland, MI; Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ; Monroe County Community College, Monroe, MI; Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI; Holden Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI; and Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI.

  Rental fee
(8-week period) :
$600, plus shipping
  Number of pieces: 22 framed color photographs
  Running feet required: 80 to 100 ft.
  Insurance Value: $6,000
  Security requirement: Lockable, limited access display area; fire protection according to local ordinances
  Additional materials available: Gallery guide; lectures; related publications for resale; photographic prints available for sale; press materials

Nda Maamawigaami (Together We Dance): Contemporary Great Lakes Pow Wow Regalia and other merchandise is available from the Michigan Traditional Arts Program Store.

This exhibition was coordinated by the Michigan Traditional Arts Program at the Michigan State University Museum with the collaboration and support of the MSU Native American Institute; MSU American Heritage Pow Wow Host Committee; Nokomis American Indian Cultural Learning Center; Michigan Festival, Inc. volunteers; Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI); Fellows of the 1993 NMAI/MSU Museum's American Indian Training Institute at the MSU Museum; Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs; Michigan State University Extension Service; Elizabeth Halsted Endowment for Traveling Exhibitions; and Douglas Elbinger of Elbinger Studios, Lansing, Michigan.

Photo of George Martin, Men's Traditional Dancer

PICTURED: George Martin, Ojibwe, Men's Traditional Dancer.
Photography by Douglas Elbinger.

























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