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Little Cousin: 1937

Little Cousin: 1937

August 1937. "Indian girl and her baby cousin. Blueberry pickers' camp, Littlefork, Minnesota." Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Baby boy?

I seem to have missed something. How do we know that the baby is a boy. "Indian girl and her baby cousin. Blueberry pickers' camp, Littlefork, Minnesota." Was there more to the photo notation than what was posted?

[Caption information for the other photos of these two note that the child is a boy. - Dave]

Making a living

These two Ojibwe (Chippewa) were most likely from nearby Bois Forte Indian Reservation near Nett Lake in Koochiching County, Minnesota. Wild blueberry picking was one of few sources of income for the Chippewa at that time. My family provided guiding to out-of-area fishermen and hunters for a living in addition to picking wild blueberries during that period for which buyers would pay 10 cents a pound. The little guy in this photo is probably expressing what I remember mostly of those times out in the bush picking berries, it always seemed to be hot, lots of annoying bugs all day long.

Another wonderful shot by Russell Lee

With the late afternoon sun lighting up their faces, you can clearly see how much the girl cares for her young niece. Yet another Russell Lee photograph that qualifies as "art" in my book! Thanks, Dave.

[Cousin, not niece. And the kid is a boy. - Dave]

Not a Happy Camper

Maybe it's the shoes?

Looks like

someone I once knew.

Contrasting Views

She is quite pretty; he is not amused. Excellent!

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