Framing The West: Race, Gender, and the Photographic Frontier in the Pacific Northwest

Paperback | October 16, 2003

byCarol J. Williams

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Framing the West argues that photography was intrinsic to British territorial expansion and settlement on the northwest coast. Williams shows how male and female settlers used photography to establish control over the territory and its indigenous inhabitants, as well as how native peopleseventually turned the technology to their own purposes. Photographs of the region were used to stimulate British immigration and entrepreneuralism, and imagies of babies and children were designed to advertise the population growth of the settlers. Although Indians were taken by Anglos to documenttheir "disappearing" traditions and to show the success of missionary activities, many Indians proved receptive to photography and turned posing for the white man's camera to their own advantage. This book will appeal to those interested in the history of the West, imperialism, gender, photography,and First Nations/Native America.

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Framing the West argues that photography was intrinsic to British territorial expansion and settlement on the northwest coast. Williams shows how male and female settlers used photography to establish control over the territory and its indigenous inhabitants, as well as how native peopleseventually turned the technology to their own pu...

Carol J. Williams is at University of Lethbridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.59 inPublished:October 16, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195146522

ISBN - 13:9780195146523

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"Williams's intricate readings of the intersections of class, race, gender, economic, religious, and political status return some measure of control to the photogrpahic subjects and honor the multiple, vexing reasons for their participation in the construction of a visual archive that has beenbroadly used to disenfranchise Indians."--Lisa MacFarlane, Western American Literature