Chief George L. Nelson

Title

Chief George L. Nelson

Description

Rappahannock chief George L. Nelson, wearing an elaborately beaded or embroidered fringed cloth jacket and an upright feather headdress, stands in front of a wooden clapboard house. The photograph may have been taken during a Nanticoke powwow in Millsboro, Delaware, in 1927. Nelson's outfit is now in the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian.

The photographer Frederick "Fred" Johnson (1904–1994), of Massachusetts, was a student of the famed anthropologist Frank G. Speck at the University of Pennsylvania. As an anthropologist, archaeologist, linguist, and photographer, he studied American Indians in the eastern United States and Canada.

Creator

Frederick Johnson

Date Created

1927

Source

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

Format

Photograph

Physical Dimension

7" x 5"

Coverage

twentieth century, Delaware

Rights Statement: Information provided with the permission of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution