Contributed by Abbe Museum
Frank “Big Thunder” Loring in his crowd-pleasing feather-skirt and spectacular ostrich- or rhea-feather headdress, ca. 1884.
Frank “Big Thunder” Loring, Penobscot, (1827-1906) was one of several Wabanakis who commercialized their public identities to make a living. On stage he entertained by mixing authentic Wabanaki cultural history with invented traditions.
Off stage, he was a hunter, guide, medicine man, and tribal leader. Clever in the marketplace, he boosted sales of Wabanaki relics and crafts by telling captivating stories about the objects and himself.
About This Item
- Title: Frank “Big Thunder” Loring, ca. 1884
- Creator: Orr, A. F.
- Creation Date: circa 1884
- Subject Date: circa 1884
- Town: Indian Island, Old Town
- County: Penobscot
- State: ME
- Media: Postcard
- Dimensions: 13.5 cm x 8.5 cm
- Local Code: I-100.40
- Collection: Archives - Native Americans, Historic
- Object Type: Image
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Indians of North America --Clothing & dress
- Indians of North America
- Indians of North America--Maine--Penobscot Indians
- Entertainers--Maine--Old Town
- Penobscot Indians
- Indians in the performing arts --North America
For more information about this item, contact:Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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