Thanksgiving Dance

Title

Thanksgiving Dance

Description

Drummers and possibly singers in dance attire pose at a Nanticoke powwow and Thanksgiving dance in Riverdale, Delaware, in 1927, with audience in clothing of the period looking on. Rappahannock Indians from Virginia are believed to have been visiting for the occasion.

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