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Chief Poking Fire | Indian Village & Museum | Caughnawaga, Kahnawake

Chief Poking Fire  Caughnawaga (KA_NA_WA_KE) Indian Reserve, Canada.

from: Unpacking Culture: Art and Commodity in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds

“Beadwork sells much better in a set-up like Poking Fire than through shops where it will just sit on a shelf,” Leo Diabo remarked …..The Poking Fire “set-up” to which he referred was a tourist attraction developed by John McComber, aslo known as Chief Poking Fire, in the village of Kahnawake in the 1930s. Originally known as “Chief Poking Fire Totum [sic] Pole Indian Village, McComber’s enterprise provided visitors with a highly staged representation of Indians as exotic Others … “


ed.  Ruth B. PhillipsChristopher B. Steiner


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March 3, 2010 - Posted by | . | ,


  1. I LOVE this picture and the story which goes with it. Wonderful.


    Comment by Beth | March 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. I wanted to thank you for your kind words, thoughts and prayers when our darling Crickette’ died.

    Please do come by for a little surprise I made, in celebration of her life–especially for those who have been so loving and supportive.

    Blessings to you, dear one.


    Comment by Beth | March 4, 2010 | Reply

  3. love this picture proud to be indian! LOuis DIabo my DADDY!


    Comment by alan McMaster | June 15, 2016 | Reply

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