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Catalog Number WF 1419
Caption Marineer Pageant - Indian Village
Description This "Indian village" at Commercial and 5th was representative of the efforts of Marineers' Pageant promoters to tie the "Northwest Indian" motif to the Marineers' Pageant; it was a successful component of other community summer festivals such as Seattle's Potlatch and Coupeville's Water Festival. Part of that tie at the Pageant was made via the Indian canoe races, Indians marching in the Pageant parade (see WF 1436, 1437), and the "model" Indian village pictured here including teepees (tents). The Indian village idea at the Pageant apparently continued for several years, although it is interesting to note that very little mention was made of the Swinomish Tribe participating except in the Indian canoe races. Instead, distant tribes appear to have been the focus of attention. The July 27, 1939, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Yakima Valley will send 100 Indians to Marineers' Pageant. An Indian village, complete with campfires, teepees, horses, Indian braves, squaws and papooses all colorfully garbed in the traditional Indian feathers and buckskins will be one of the unique features of the Marineers' Pageant this year." The article reported that they would set up "14 teepees in a typical Indian village." The village pictured here was much smaller, about five teepees, and it is unknown which tribe erected it or if it was done by the festival promoters. No newspaper was found for 1937. There appears to be an Indian souvenir stand to the right of the teepees. The rear of the Elks Building, present-day City Hall, is visible on the northwest corner of Q Avenue and 6th Street (904 6th Street). The Vendome Hotel on the northeast corner of Commercial Avenue and 6th Street is visible to the right of the teepees. This is one of the last photos of the Vendome Hotel [notice "hotel" sign on the 2nd floor is falling down]. In less than two months it would be demolished in preparation for building the new Federal Building (U.S. Post Office at 519 Commercial Avenue). See WF 1214. Also see WF 5853.
Date 1937
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Event - Marineer Pageant
Place - Anacortes, WA
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Marineers' Pageant
Indian Village
Yakima tribe
souvenir stand
Elks Building
City Hall
Vendome Hotel
Federal Building
Object Name Print, Photographic