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Photo NumberPH036_4250
Title on Object42,50;
Title on EnvelopeKu-mas-sag, Cayuse Indian girl, in costume
Descriptive UO TitleKu-mas-sag, Cayuse Indian girl, in costume
TCI Title
General NotesA young Cayuse woman named Ku-mas-sag sits outdoors in autumn or winter on a striped woolen blanket laid on the leaf-strewn ground. Her long hair is braided and she wears a hat shaped like a truncated cone with beading or quilling on it in a geometric design; a western-style women's broadbrimmed hat with scarf and feather accessorizing it lies on the blanket at her side. One foot is outstretched, showing a legging with a floral design. She appears to be holding a buckskin purse or bag which, like her dress, is fringed. She wears a cloth long-sleeved under-shirt, belt, bracelets, and earrings, and around her neck appears to be a choker-style necklace or fastening for the short cape that covers her shoulders. The cape and top of her dress have beading or quilling in geometric block designs.
TCI NotesAn outside photograph of a woman in her regalia sitting on a blanket on the ground. She has been identified as her English name as Agnes Redhawk Davis Dixon McKay. Ku-mas-sag has been identified as her Indian name. She is wearing an old style deer tail buckskin dress that is beaded, cornhusk hat, beaded leather belt, and beaded legging with a floral design. She is sitting on a wool blanket that is spread out on the ground so she can sit on it. She has her left leg under her right leg so you cannot see her left foot. Next to her right foot is a cowboy hat with a scarf around the hat, in the scarf on the left side of the hat is plumes from an eagle. In the background is brush with leaves on the ground all around her.
TCI TermsWoman
Hat, Cornhusk
Belt, Leather-Beaded
Dress, Buckskin-Old Style Deer Tail, Beaded
Leggings, Woman's
Feathers, Plumes

TCI ClassesOutside Photograph; Person; Regalia;
SubjectIndians of North America
Cayuse Indians
Clothing and dress
Indian women
Leggings, Women's
Belts (Clothing)
Braids (Hairdressing)
Capes (Clothing)
Shirt, Cloth

NamesMcKay, Agnes Redhawk Davis Dixon
PhotographerMoorhouse, Lee
Date in Photo1897 - 1920
RightsThis image is in the public domain. Acknowledgement of the University of Oregon Libraries as a source is requested.
RepositoryUniversity of Oregon Libraries - Special Collections and University Archives

Collection TitleMoorhouse Collection
Source FormatGlass-plate negative
Source Dimensions6.89 X 5.04 inches
Source Conditionscratching
Sub TypeOutside Photograph

Image (File) Size322,173 bytes
Image Width875 pixels
Image Height633 pixels
Color Space24 bit - RGB - sRGB IEC61966-2.1
Capture MethodScanned in transmissive mode with Silverfast AI 6.0 on UMAX PowerLook III flatbed scanner. Levels adjusted from 0 - 1.00 - 255 to 14 - 1.00 - 89 prior to capture.
Resolution125 dpi
Processing HistoryScanned images enter Photoshop with negative polarity and have a reversed orientation. Archival Tiffs are saved. Adobe Photoshop used to reorient and crop images, invert image to positive polarity, set and neutralize shadow and highlight point, adjust midtone contrast, and desaturate color information. Second production tiff saved, retaining adjustments layers. Photoshop used to convert color profie from Adobe 1998, to sRGB, set resolution to 125 dpi and resize the largest pixel dimension of the image to 875. Display jpeg saved after resizing.
Additional Formats Held by UOArchived tiff -- PH036_4250.tif -- 24 bit, Adobe RGB (1998) -- 3068 X 4239 pixels -- 600 dpi -- 39,042,020 bytes //

Production tiff -- PH036_4250rb.tif -- 24 bit, Adobe RGB (1998) -- 4239 X 3068 pixels -- 600 dpi --76,014,112 bytes //

PublisherJoint Project of the University of Oregon Libraries and the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla
Digital CollectionUniversity of Oregon. Libraries. Picturing the Cayuse, Walla Walla, and Umatilla Tribes.
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Oregon Libraries
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