Hupa Indians of Northern California Exhibit, NHB

ID: SIA2007-0071 and 43595-D

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1958

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 50, Box 45, Folder 1

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An exhibition diorama of the Hupa people of Northern California located in Hall 11 - The American Indians, in exhibit case entitled "Hupa Indians of Northern California." This new installation was part of the Exhibits Modernization Program. This life group consists of four adult individuals and a baby. The adults are participating in a variety of domestic tasks. Note the many fine baskets made by twining segments of certain roots, leaves, and stems around prepared shoots. The Hupa economy was based on elk, deer, salmon, and acorns, all of which were readily available in the region. The exhibit was part of the Anthropology Exhibit in the U.S. National Museum, now known as the National Museum of Natural History.


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Anthropology
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Native American Hall


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


See Neg. # 30303 for an earlier diorama without the legend of the same group before the Exhibits Modernization Program and Neg. # 22188 for the exhibit hall in 1911.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 50, Box 45, Folder 1

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


c. 1958

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  • Women
  • Baskets
  • Exhibit cases
  • Clothing and dress
  • Ethnology
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropolgy
  • Museums
  • Mannequins (figures)
  • Exhibit Modernization Program
  • Historians
  • Exhibitions
  • Museum mannequins
  • Indians of North America
  • Hupa Indians
  • Anthropological museums and collections
  • Dioramas


  • Americas
  • United States
  • California


  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

SIA2007-0071 and 43595-D

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 9 1/2 w x 8 3/4 h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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