Attendees in redface at a Pacific University alumni dinner


Attendees in redface at a Pacific University alumni dinner


A photograph of attendees (probably alumni) wearing redface costumes at a Pacific University alumni dinner held sometime between 1957-1959. One man wears an feather headdress, while a server (probably a student) wears a costume with makeup in the background. A tipi and trees are visible as props behind them. There were at least two alumni dinners held at Pacific University during this time period, which were advertised under the title, "Pow-wow Dinner." The event did not actually include Native Americans. From photographs, it appears to have included: white performers dressed in wigs, makeup and costumes performing a fake "pow-wow" dance; attendees wearing Native-style chieftain headdresses; attendees being given headbands with feathers to wear; and decorations mimicking a forest setting. This took place in Pacific University's Old Gymnasium. The photographer, Herb Drew, was a student who took pictures for the campus newspaper.


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gelatin silver prints; photographic prints




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