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1904 Heliogravure Hoopa Hupa Valley Indian Weapon Arrowhead Flaking Edging XGZ7

1904 Heliogravure Hoopa Hupa Valley Indian Weapon Arrowhead Flaking Edging XGZ7

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This is an original 1904 black and white heliogravure of a Hoopa Valley Indian man carving out a flint arrowhead. At the top is the finished product attached to an arrow and beneath that are two instruments used to make it. The long instrument was used for flaking the flint into shape while the smaller one was used for finishing the edges and carving the notches.

The Hoopa, or Hupa Valley Indians of what is now part of Humboldt County in California are a culturally significant peoples. Inhabiting the Hoopa Valley, which lies on Trinity River, the culture grew to appreciate and use the surrounding valley to the fullest. A hunting and gathering culture, their agricultural practices and basketry were far beyond many cultures when European settlers came to California. The Hoopa Valley Indians' culture is said to have sprung from the White Deer Yurok, for whom they still have a festival in his honor. Rooted to the land, they also have festivals in honor of their bountiful acorn harvests and the Trinity River which brought them endless supplies of salmon and trout. Today the valley has been ceded to the native people and is now a part of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation where their traditions are kept alive while moving forward as a people.


This 107+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Heliogravure; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 5.75 x 9 inches; 15 x 23 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: California, stone-smith, xonta, Native American, bow and arrow, carving