(Documentary Artifact): Three b/w photographic prints of an elderly, blind woman, Milyla, sitting on the ground in front of the Chapule’s house. The structure made of branches and reeds was burned that night. According to notes in Davis’ notebook (Notebook 16), this house was burned on October 27, 1917 for the death ceremony of a woman named Chapule.
Same image as the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) print, P00682. According to catalog record for this image, ‘According to Edward H. Davis, this house was burned down the day after this photo was taken, on October 28, 1917 at 4 am.’
Notes on verso of prints:
Image 1: OP 15362-504/ 86:15900-1484/ IN REF BOOK/ 515/ [STAMPED:] ED H. DAVIS/ Mesa Grande, Calif./ [Possibly written by Davis:] Old blind woman, Mily’la in front/ of Chapule house that was burned/ that night, Martinez – Oct 27 1917
Image 2: OP 15362-504/ 86:15900-1484/ IN REF BOOK/ 515/ [Possibly written by Davis:] Blind woman/ at Martinez/ Oct 1917
Image 3: OP 15362-504 (subst)/ 86:15900-1484/ IN REF BOOK/ TORRES-MARTINEZ/ OCT. 4/ 1917/ OLD BLIND, MILYLA, SEATED/ IN FRONT OF HOUSE TO BE BURNED