Mary Mitchell Selmore, Sipayik, ca. 1900

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Mary Mitchell Selmore, also called Mary and Mali Mitchell, lived from circa 1829 to 1911 and was an emblematic and respected member of the Passamaquoddy Nation. Upon her death in 1911, newspaper obituaries suggested Mary Mitchell was nearing 102 years old and noted her renown as being one of the most photographed members of the Passamaquoddy Nation.

Selmore was a healer and artist who carried and taught traditional knowledge including singing and dancing during community events at Sipayik, or Pleasant Point. Though tinted with incorrect colors in this postcard, Mary Mitchell Selmore wore wampum collars, a silver hat band, and polished silver gorgets, showing her leadership status.

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  • Title: Mary Mitchell Selmore, Sipayik, ca. 1900
  • Creator: O. H. Brown & Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • Location: Sipayik, Pleasant Point, Washington County, ME
  • Media: Postcard
  • Dimensions: 14 cm x 8.9 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 4014--Native Americans
  • Collection: Postcard collection
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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