Rev. Peter Jones or Kahkewāquonāby, 1802 - 1856. Indian chief and missionary in Canada [b]
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Rev. Peter Jones or Kahkewāquonāby, 1802 - 1856. Indian chief and missionary in Canada [b] 1845
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Born in Canada, Jones’s father was a Welsh-born, American immigrant and his mother was of Ojibwa Indian ancestry. He grew up as a Native-American Indian with the name ‘Kahkewāquonāby’, meaning sacred waving feathers. Following his father’s wishes he was baptised by the Methodist church which led to his role as an Indian missionary. To fundraise he toured the United States and the United Kingdom, giving speeches and sermons to captivated audiences. He arrived in Edinburgh in July 1845 and this calotype is one of a series showing Jones in both Indian attire and western clothes. These are some of the oldest surviving photographs of a North American Indian.

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Calotype

The first effective version of photography, using drawing or writing paper for both the negative and the positive. The paper was sensitised with potassium iodide and silver nitrate, exposed and developed in gallic acid and silver nitrate.

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  • Acc. No. PGP HA 420
  • Medium Calotype print
  • Size 20.00 x 14.30 cm
  • Credit Acquired by 1994