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June 10, 2018

Stunning Vintage Portraits of Ah-Weh-Eyu, aka Goldie Jamison Conklin, a Seneca From the Allegany Reservation

Goldie Jamison Conklin was a Seneca woman of the Heron Clan. She lived on the Allegany Reservation, in South Western New York. Her Seneca name was Ah-Weh-Eyu which means Pretty Flower.

The photographs were all taken around the year 1910. In most of these images Goldie is wearing a beaded bag, presumably of her own manufacture. Records indicate that she was born in Salamanca, New York on November 30, 1892 and died in 1974. Her parents were Jacob J. Jamison & Eliza D. Jamison. She was baptized at the St. Andrews Church in Irving, New York on July 7, 1921.

Cattaraugus Cutlery Company of Little Valley, New York hired her as a model for postcard advertisements. They were to sell the business line of “Indian Brand” knives and other household wares. Thousands of companies around this time used Native Peoples in advertising as novels and then films made the stereotypes of the "Noble Savage" and the "Indian Princess" very popular in the American culture. However as you educated listeners all know, the Six Nations had no Kings and therefore there were not and are not any "Indian Princesses."



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