Frank "Big Thunder" Loring, ca. 1890

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Even death did not dent the fame of Frank Loring, showman, storyteller, hunter, guide, medicine man, and tribal leader who collected and sold Wabanaki relics and crafts. This photo was published as a postcard in 1912, six years after he died.

Towering in height and personality, Frank “Big Thunder” Loring, Penobscot, (1827-1906) was a leader among Wabanakis who commercialized their public identities to make a living. Loring was a performer, producer, and promoter of “Indian entertainments,” and his name appeared in dozens of newspapers across New England, especially Maine.

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  • Title: Frank "Big Thunder" Loring, ca. 1890
  • Creator: Orr, A. F.
  • Creation Date: 1912
  • Subject Date: circa 1890
  • 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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26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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