We have a small collection of postcards copyrighted by B.C. Markham of the Dalles. As you can see, this one is of a Celilo woman wearing fine clothing and beadwork.
I was not familiar with Mr. Markham's photography, but here is a good biography. According to this info this image probably dates to the 1920s. Now that we've met Mr. Markham I'll need to post the rest of his fine images.
This is also a good time to note the museum has reopened after its winter break. There is a nice exhibit of new acquisitions including some spectacular native beadwork. I've also set up a recently acquired Edison phonograph. If you ask nicely they can play a record or two for you while you look at the beadwork.
Wonder if this Markham was related to Norm and Fred Markham who attended HRHS in the 50's. Fred was a photographer in the Marine Corp during the Vietnam war.
Buzz on 16th February 2018 @ 8:02am
It's a beautioful subject / photograph. Look at her wrist watch... what were the odds, in the 20s?
Kyle on 16th February 2018 @ 9:17am
Doing close needle work I can appreciate the hours spent to create all this bead work. the Underwood ladies did this beautiful indepth bead work. I have seen a few pieces of it at the little museum over in Bingen. I think there might be a couple of pieces of it at Maryhill Museum.
Assuming this is done on buck skin I can just imagine the weight of this dress.
I can just imagine trying to comb that hair. Thanks, but no thanks.
Charlott on 16th February 2018 @ 1:47pm
I am hoping to live long enough for us US taxpapers to finally deliver the promised housing at Celilo. Memories of the rickety platforms, noise, and smell of that giant fishing facility.....
Arlen Sheldrake on 18th February 2018 @ 10:24am
Arlen, they did build new houses at Celilo a few years ago...They were fairly nice houses, as I have been in one a number of times.
Charlott on 19th February 2018 @ 7:04am
The Native Americans did not like the houses & some refused to live in them. Nellie took several of us over to TD & we entered the longhouse to hear talks from relatives of the Native Americans regarding some of the new housing & stories about Celilo Falls. .
This Markham was no relation to Norm & Fred. Fred was a photographer while in the Marines. He lives in Oceanside CA now. Norm is in an assisted living home near Roseburg.
Judy on 19th February 2018 @ 11:07pm