MANY TRAILS. BESSIE SNAKE, AGE 84. SPOKE DELAWARE LANGUAGE.

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Rae Russel

Artist's Biography

Many Trails. Bessie Snake, age 84. Spoke Delaware language.

Vintage silver gelatin photograph, 1982
Image size 11 1/2 x 8 3/8" (292 x 212 mm).
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 20263
Price: $950.00
Publisher :
Signed, dated, and titled in pencil on verso. "A full Delaware, Bessie Snake speaks Unami-Delaware 'all the way.' Like other Oklahoma Delawares who retained their 160-acre land allotments made in 1906, she is now reaping some of the benefits of land and oil rentals. Bessie's first husband was killed by a lightning bolt as he plowed a field. She has been married to his brother Willie Snake for thirty-four years. How old are you? 'Heck, I don't know.'" 20th Century Subjects , Photography

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