Desirable stereograph/stereoview showing a bare breasted Pai Ute Indian named KAI-VAV-ITS. This rare image was taken for the the Powell & Thompson Genealogical Survey of the Rocky Mountains during 1870-71. The geological survey of John Wesley Powell, first authorized in 1870, had had several names before it became the United States Geographical and Genealogical Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region. As the Topological and Genealogical Survey of the Valley of the Colorado, the survey concentrated on extending Powell's earlier explorations. The stereographs that are rarely found are mostly from two series--"Canyons of the Green River" and "Canyons of the Colorado River of the West." And the rarer and most desirable series is the "Indians of the Colorado Valley". Of which this view has come from. The images are credited to Powell and A.H. Thompson, but Powell's photographers of the time were E.O. Beaman, James Fennemore, and John K. Hillers. The images were distributed not as an official activity but for private profit with proceeds distributed among Powell, Thompson, and (for the photograph he made) Hillers. Please take a moment to examine my other views from this famed Powell Survey.
Measures 4" 1/2 x 7 inches.