“Almost Ancestors” Montage in Charcoal

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In 1973 I purchased a book called “Almost Ancestors” with amazing photos of Native Americans that lived in California in the mid 1800’s to the early 1900’s. I did a number of charcoal and pencil drawings of them and was so touched by their faces and what stories they represented. As one Amazon reviewer I read put it “What a sobering realization that in these images lie remnants of the lives of 50 California Native American nations with independent languages and cultures that no longer exist. Like old treasured books–lost in the shuffle of years–these faces mutely bring to light one of humankind’s darkest hours.”

I did this 15″x30″ charcoal drawing in 1975 and recently found and scanned a 35mm slide I had taken of it. I’d forgotten about drawing it and wonder who has it now!

If you’re interested, here is a link to “Almost Ancestors” in Amazon books – it is only available used. https://www.amazon.com/Almost-Ancestors-Californians-Theodora-Kroeber/dp/B000NOLOZI

A charcoal montage of images from the book "Almost Ancestors" of native Americans living as early as 1850.
A charcoal montage of images from the book “Almost Ancestors” of native Americans living as early as 1850.
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