icon for Home page
icon for Kid's Home page
icon for Digital Collection
icon for Activities
icon for Turns Exhibit
icon for In the Classroom
icon for Chronologies
icon for My Collection

Things To Do
Dress Up | 1st Person | African American Map | Now Read This | Magic Lens | In the Round | Tool Videos | Architecture | e-Postcards | Chronologies | Turns Activities

Send an E-Postcard of:

(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
Contact us for information about using this image.

Stepping out of his 18th century character, this 'Indian' photographs a fellow 'Indian' in a child-like pose next to an anxious looking 'Puritan' woman. Adding a layer to the image, the Allen sisters photographers captured the scene with their famed cameras. This scene epitomizes the irony of the Old Deerfield Pageants where community members of English descent impersonate their Puritan ancestors and their historic enemies, the Indians. Pageants sought to accurately recreate the past, but they allowed popular stereotypes and misconceptions to seep into their historical presentations. In reality, the Old Deerfield, Massachusetts, pageants were an early 20th century attempt of a town to define a popular version of the past.


top of page

Share this image with a friend.
Simply enter their e-mail address below and we'll send them this image in an e-mail greeting, along with a link to see the image on our site.

To E-Mail Address *
From E-Mail Address *
From Name

* = Required

button for Side by Side Viewingbutton for Glossarybutton for Printing Helpbutton for How to Read Old Documents


Home | Online Collection | Things To Do | Turns Exhibit | Classroom | Chronologies | My Collection
About This Site | Site Index | Site Search | Feedback