Early 20th century Smithsonian photos on display at UNCP


The Native American Resource Center at UNC Pembroke announced the opening of a new exhibit, “Timeless Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian Institution.”

GeronimoIt is a collection of sepia photographs taken by various photographers working for the Bureau of American Ethnography. Each photo captures a different aspect of Native America around the beginning of the 20th century.

“Timeless Images” will be on display in the museum through November, said Dr. Stan Knick, director and curator of the museum in Old Main.

“These photographs are part of our permanent collection, but they have not been exhibited in many years,” Dr. Knick said. “This is a high quality collection that is a good representation of the Smithsonian’s collection.”

There are many classic photographs of American Indian leaders in regalia, but Dr. Knick said his favorites depict the daily life of people.

Photo“There are some photographs that reveal a personal side of their subjects and their lives,” he said. “Some are intimate portraits that are like family photos such as Chief Klart-Reech’s House.”

Dr. Knick said he enjoys sepia photography of the era.

“I am very fond of sepia photography because of the high quality,” he said.

The Native American Resource Center is located in Old Main building on the UNCP Campus. For more information about hours of operation or group tours, please contact the Native American Resource Center at 910.521.6282 or email becky.goins@uncp.edu.