Eleven Navajo students [version 2], 1883

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Eleven Navajo students [version 2], 1883

Studio portrait of ten male students and one female student.

The handwritten note reads: Students at Government School at Carlisle, Pa.

Based on enrollment information and a few other photographs of the individuals pictured, we believe the students are as follows:

Younger boys seated in front, left to right - Charles Damon, George Williams. Seated, left to right - Manuelito Choni, Charlie, Tom Torlino, Manuelito Chiquito, Antoinette Williams. Standing, left to right - Saahtlie (George Watchman), Benjamin Damon, Francisco, Stailey Norcross.

This same group of Navajo students appear in a photograph with Richard Henry Pratt upon their arrival at the school on October 21, 1882. See the "Twelve Navajo students" link below. 

We believe the photo dates from the spring or early summer of 1883 since there are only ten male students pictured here, although eleven arrived together. (Antoinette Williams arrived a year earlier.) John Bitzclay died in March of 1883, and three of the others left Carlisle in July and August of 1883 due to poor health.

The Cumberland County Historical Society also has a copy of this image: BS-CH-052. 

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PC 2002.2, folder 4