Mourning Dove: “Everything on the earth…


“Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.”

– Mourning Dove, who was also known as Hum-ishu-ma and Christine Quintasket, amongst other names

Black and white photograph of Mourning Dove, a Native American woman. She is seated and gazes upward with a contemplative expression. She wears traditional clothing richly adorned with fringe and multiple strands of beads. A headband encircles her forehead, and her long dark hair is parted in the middle, falling beside her shoulders. The image is marked with the copyright symbol and the photographer's signature, L.V. McWhorter.
Mourning Dove, 1916


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