Thanksgiving Dance
Original Author: Frederick Johnson
Created: 1927
Medium: Photograph

Thanksgiving Dance

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.

Description courtesy of the Virginia Indian Archive.

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