november 26: Idaho Experience, Out of the Shadows

Benedicte Wrensted and Jane Gay never knew each other. But both took images of Native Americans in Idaho at the turn of the 20th century. In this program, we bring their stories and their photographs out of the shadows. Descendants of those in the photos also discuss what the images mean to them today, and we introduce viewers to two female indigenous photographers practicing their craft. “out of the shadows,” Idaho Public Television



To watch the video, and read an essay on visual anthropology, click through to out of the shadows

After watching this video, I did some of my historical excavations, and wandered through the lives of Benedicte Wrensted, Jane Gay, Alice Fletcher. Read about the Dawes Act, and Curtis Dawes, Vice President of the United States, author of the law who was also of native American descent. Visited the early days of Pocatello, Idaho. Viewed the photographical record of native Americans. Discovered more about women and photography in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In other words, I digressed, diverted, and gathered an awful lot of information (cut and paste makes taking notes so much easier than pen and paper in the library and pencil and paper in the archives!) It was, however, a fascinating journey. And, maybe one you will take yourself?