Women's Dance, Walpi, Arizona

John K. Hillers, American (born Germany), 1843 - 1925

Photograph taken in Arizona, United States, North and Central America

c. 1879-1881

Albumen silver print

Image and sheet: 9 3/4 × 12 15/16 inches (24.8 × 32.9 cm) Mount: 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Catharine Macfarlane, 1968

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With the creation of the Smithsonian Institution’s Bureau of American Ethnology in 1879, the first ethnological surveys of Pueblo Indian cultural traditions were conducted in the Southwest. Although John K. Hillers appears to have kept his distance from the performers by photographing them from above, the presence of outside spectators soon became so invasive that photography was banned at most ceremonies.