Frank “Big Thunder” Loring, ca. 1884

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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.

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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

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