Contributed by Abbe Museum
Frank “Big Thunder” Loring in performance mode, wearing a Plains-Indian-style headdress and traditional Wabanaki beaded chief’s collar, ca. 1900.
Theatrically mixing authentic Wabanaki cultural history with invented traditions, Loring was among the first American Indians to draw public attention to indigenous customs in costumed performances. Like Jay Leno or Jon Stewart who entertain today’s audiences with a clever mixture of farce and facts, he was an Indian showman for his time.
About This Item
- Title: Frank “Big Thunder” Loring, ca. 1900
- Creation Date: circa 1900
- Subject Date: circa 1900
- Town: Indian Island, Old Town
- County: Penobscot
- State: ME
- Media: Postcard
- Dimensions: 13.5 cm x 9 cm
- Local Code: I-100.41
- Collection: Archives - Native Americans, Historic
- Object Type: Image
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Indians of North America--Maine--Penobscot Indians
- Indians of North America --Clothing & dress
- Indians of North America
- Indians in the performing arts --North America
- Entertainers--Maine--Old Town
For more information about this item, contact:Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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