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Engraved woodblock of "Captain John, a Ni'-shi-nam chief"

Engraved woodblock of "Captain John, a Ni'-shi-nam chief"

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This engraved woodblock of “Captain John, a Ni’-shi-nam chief” was prepared by engraver Henry Hobart Nichols (1838-1887) and the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.; the print was published in 1877 as Figure 27 (p.314) in an article by Stephen Powers (1840-1904) entitled “Tribes of California” in Contributions to North American Ethnology v.3. Contributions was published by the U.S. Geographical and Geological Survey, a precursor to the Bureau of American Ethnology under the direction of John Wesley Powell (1834-1902). D. H. Bartle created the original image.
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Object Name
Object Type
Wood Engraving
date made
Bureau of American Ethnology
Government Printing Office
graphic artist
Nichols, H. H.
Powers, Stephen
original artist
Bartle, D. H.
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
overall: 8.4 cm x 7.5 cm x 2.3 cm; 3 5/16 in x 2 15/16 in x 7/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Native Americans
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Wood Blocks for early Bureau of American Ethnology Publications, Graphic Arts Collection
Wood Engravings, Graphic Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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