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Group of Native Americans in traditional dress, N.D.
Group of Native Americans in traditional dress, N.D.
TitleGroup of Native Americans in traditional dress, N.D.
Date of Originalafter 1930
DescriptionView of a large group of Native American men wearing traditional dress including feathered headdresses sitting outside on the ground. There are other people gathered in the background. Three of the Native American men sitting in the foreground are wearing sunglasses, while others shade their eyes.
General SubjectAwards & ceremonies
Indians of North America
Subject (LCTGM)Sunglasses
Subject (LCSH)Indians of North America - Men
Indians of North America
Indians of North America - Clothing & dress
LocationNorth Dakota
Item Number1-10-55-4
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original13 x 17 cm.
Transcription"Bill Shemorry" - Stamped on back of photograph.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryWilliam E. "Bill" Shemorry was a native of Williston, N.D. who began work in the newspaper industry as a newsboy selling the Williston Herald and the Williams County Farmers Press. In 1953, he started to publish the Williston Plains Reporter, which he operated for 25 years before selling to the Williston Herald. Shemorry then began to concentrate on his own writing and photography. In addition to writing many books on the history of Williams County, he also collected photographs of early North Dakota photographers. Shemorry was an active member of the Williston Fire Department, was Civil Defense Chief of Williams County for three years in the 1950's, and was a combat photographer in World War II. Shemorry's photograph of the discovery of oil in North Dakota on April 4, 1951 at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 is one of the most famous oil photographs ever taken, and was published in many national publications.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-10-55-4)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about the collection, or provide information about an image, please email Emily E. Schultz at
Digital IDws110554
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