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The People Symposium

Event Start
1:00 PM  on  on May 18, 2019
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THE PEOPLE

A Photographic History of the Southern Paiute Indians

The book "The" People will be available early 2019 and will be celebrated

along with the "Grand Canyon, A New Perspective by Robert Goldman" in May 2019.

 

A rare collection of 116 albumen photographs taken between 1872-1875 opens on May 18, 2019 at the Maynard Dixon Home and Studio/Thunderbird Foundation in Mt. Carmel, Utah. This extraordinary collection of images by John "Jack" Hillers was donated to the Thunderbird Foundation in 1998. Hillers produced a number of sets to be used by John Wesley Powell to lobby Congress for more money for his expeditions. This is the only known collection that is intact with all 116 images. The “why” for the book is that while both Powell and Hillers have been celebrated, the Indians who contributed to their successes have been largely unknown and unrecognized. They are the missing piece of the story of Powell’s expeditions.

E. O. Beaman’s photography equipment, weighing roughly a thousand pounds, included a large camera, portable dark room, tripods and large, very fragile glass plates used to make photo negatives with the colodium wet-plate method. 

The oarsman, Jack Hillers, recently discharged from the U.S. Army as a sergeant, was interested in Beaman’s work and soon acted as his unofficial assistant. Beaman’s historic photographs were to become the first images ever taken of the Green and upper Colorado River. However, Beaman left the survey in January 1872, after a dispute with Powell in their winter camp in Kanab, Utah, and Powell put Hillers in charge of photography for the remainder of the expedition. 

After assuring the local Paiutes that it could do them no harm, they gave his camera the Indian name of “Myself in the Water,” symbolic of Hillers' ability to capture their own reflections in the water, in his magic wooden box. 

A long association of mutual trust was established between Hillers, John Wesley Powell, and the local Paiute tribe. Most of the albumen photographs in the Utah Tribes Exhibit are the result.

 

See this collection starting May 18, 2019 at the historic Maynard Dixon Home & Studio in Mt. Carmel, Utah.  The show will continue through 2019. A book signing reception for the author, Carol  Ormond, is planned for May 18, 2019.  A Symposium and panel discussion will be conducted by the author, Carol Ormond, Saturday May 18 1pm at the Old Rock Church in Mt. Carmel followed by a reception for the author at 6pm at the Maynard Dixon Museum in Mt. Carmel, Utah.

 

150th Anniversary of John Wesley Powell's
First Grand Canyon Expedition

The 150 year celebration of the John Wesley Powell expedition will kick off on May 18, 2019 with a reception for author Carol Ormond and artist Robert Goldman at the Bingham Gallery in Mt. Carmel, Utah.

Carol Ormond wrote the novel, "The People", a complete record and account of the tribes in the Grand Canyon Region in 116 albumen photographs by Jack B. Hillers, many of which have never been seen, except at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.

Artist Robert Goldman will showcase a series of nearly 30 paintings celebrating locations where Powell traveled both in 1869 and, his second trip in 1872.

The importance of John Wesley Powell's travels in this region, beginning in 1869, is twofold:

First, he documented a remote place in astounding detail with his diaries and accounts of places throughout the Colorado River drainage, much of which are all in southern Utah as he made his headquarters in Kanab. This afforded him access to the tribes in the region through the help of Kanab translator and guide, Jacob Hamblin.


Second, the account of the aid and assistance of the tribes of the Paiute nation is a story that has not been told in such detail.

Event Start
1:00 PM  on  on Saturday, May 18, 2019
Category
Arts / Performance

Arts / Performance
General Community Events
Regional Events
Location
Mt. Carmel, Utah

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A Symposium and panel discussion will be conducted by the author, Carol Ormond, Saturday May 18 1pm at the Old Rock Church in Mt. Carmel followed by a reception for the author at 6pm at the Maynard Dixon Museum in Mt. Carmel, Utah.