Moki Girls

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Moki Girls


John K. Hillers (American, 1843 - 1925)






Albumen silver print


23.7 x 17.9 cm (9 5/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

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To signify their unmarried status, these two Moki, or Hopi, women wear tightly wrapped "butterfly" or "ram's horns" hairstyles and cornmeal dust on their faces. As part of an ethnographic survey team headed by John Wesley Powell, John K. Hillers documented such variations in costume and facial adornment among the people of the mesas near the Grand Canyon. He photographed these women amid a variety of Hopi weavings, part of the tribe's material culture that would also have interested the survey team. Various members of the team took notes, collected artifacts, and photographed the Indians of the New Mexico and Arizona territories for the research files of the Smithsonian Institution.

The American Tradition and Walker Evans (July 10 to October 28, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 10 to October 28, 2001
Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the West (March 24 to June 8, 2009) (82)
  • The Museum of Modern Art (New York), March 24 to June 8, 2009