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    CATALOGUED BY MIKE COWDREY

    "HOSTINE BEGOTE"
    c. 1913 "Hostine Begote, Navajo," probably in Philadelphia, February, 1913. Silver-gelatin print, framed. Title appears as an ink inscription on the paper seal, rear.

    "Bigote" is the Spanish slang term for a moustache. By 1913, after more than three centuries of intermarriage with Spanish-heritage settlers in the Southwest, it was not uncommon for Navajo men to have facial hair. A prominent Navajo war leader of the mid-19th century was called Barboncito, "little beard," a translation of the Navajo term for a moustache. Another Navajo, Black Moustache, is credited with being the first silversmith among his people. The man in this portrait is wrapped not in a tribal weaving, but in one of the popular and colorful blankets manufactured by the Pendleton Woolen Mills.

    Provenance:
    Collected by the current owner's grandfather, Angus Samuel Nicholson, Gov't. Agent on the Menominee Indian Reservation from 1910 - 1916.

    Dimensions: image 15 ¼ x 19 ½ inches*

    For more information on this photograph, please read The Dixon-Wanamaker Series of Indian Photographs.


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