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Hopi woman dressing hair

Hopi woman dressing hair
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 28cm


View of a Hopi woman, seated on a rock, combing the hair of a man who is sitting on the ground, with a woman leaning against a wall behind them. According to James Stevenson's original note for this photograph (prepared circa 1885), the 'brush-like comb used combines two articles in one. A bunch of long round-bladed grass is selected, and around the butt of it, a short distance from the end, a string is tightly wrapped. The butt-end is utilized as a comb, while the long end is used as a broom, and sometimes as a strainer. For the latter use, the brush end is flattened by the hand and thumb. This is held over a bowl, and the goats milk poured through it. The picture shows some of the details of hair-dressing among the [Hopi].'

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Image Details

Accession Number
United States of America
Arizona; First Mesa; Walpi ?
Cultural Group
SW Pueblo Hopi
John (Johannes) Karl Hillers

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