NATIVE AMERICAN WOMAN CARRYING HER YOUNG CHILD ON HER BACK: RACIST MESSAGE (1909)

This vintage real postcard features a portrait of a Native American woman. She is carrying her young child on her back. She is dressed in Native American traditional clothing. Printing on the reverse of the card reveals that her name is Oue-ta-chu-hah and she is from the Maesquakie  (Meskwaki) tribe. The tribe was located in Tam, Iowa. They are also known as the Fox tribe and are closely linked to the Sauk people. The message on this postcard is disturbing and racist. The writer tells the addressee that the Native Americans “take life easy, seldom working”. There is no mention of the impactful oppression and discrimination experienced by the tribes. This postcard was postmarked in 1909. (SOLD)

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