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Si Wa Wata Wa: 1903

Si Wa Wata Wa: 1903

1903. The Zuni elder Si Wa Wata Wa. Who does not look like someone who put up with much nonsense. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis. View full size.


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Thank you for posting this picture. I am part Zuni, Hopi, and Laguna. I have never seen a historic picture of a Zuni person like this. It's always wonderful to see a part of history, especially when its personal and a part of who I am.

Modern day battle

I was recently in New Mexico and bought some turquoise jewelry from his granddaughter. At least I think she was; They both carried the same expression. And for what I paid, she was the winner!

Blood Meridian

Just finished this week "Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West" by Cormac McCarthy and so this image hit me at a moment of reflection on the plight of the native Americans.

I wouldn't back-talk either

I wouldn't back-talk either one of them that's for sure. I think I would have to put my money on Elder Si Wa Wata Wa though. Indians were usually well trained in a closer in, hand-to-hand style of combat I think.

"Freedom to be your best means nothing unless you're willing to do your best."
-- Colin Powell


He's a handsome man! I wonder how old an "elder" is? A few short decades later he might have made it big in Hollywood.

Battle of the Tough Codgers

Who would win in a fight between this guy and John L. Burns, the old hero of Gettysburg? I think it would be a close contest.

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