Edited by Emma Lila Fundaburk
A pictorial classic, Southern Indians Life Portraits offers an important visual visual reputation of southeastern Indians—at work, at play, in rituals, and in death—when they first encountered Europeans. Studied by historians or archaeologists, as well as museum exhibit designer and costumers, these illustrations provide a wealth of information on native dress and jewelry, house construction, agricultural techniques, warfare, and other aspects of American Indian life. Among the tribes illustrated are Natchez, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Seminole, Chitimacha, Timucua, Powhatan, Tuscarora, Caddo, Yuchi, and Shawnee.
A special section of the book quotes historic narratives and comments on the life and works of the artists, lithographers, photographers, and engravers who made the originals. Included among these are Jacques le Moyne, John White, Theodore De Bry, Francis Parsons, Joshua Reynolds, John Trumbal, George Catlin, John Mix Stanley, Thomas McKenney, and Samuel Waugh.
Life Portraits has been a classic title in American Indian Studies and a staple of bookstores and museum shops around the country since its original publication in 1958. Because the carefully identified illustrations were secured from a wide variety of sources, including the British Museum, the Charleston Museum, the New York Public Library, and the Oklahoma Historical Society, this volume represents the most comprehensive and widely available record of Indian images.
Emma Lila Fundaburk taught at Bowling Green University. She is the author of ten books, including Sun Circles and Human Hands.
The University of Alabama Press, 2006