University of Texas Arlington

Bill Wright Photographs of Kickapoo and Tigua Indians:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wright, Bill.
Title: Bill Wright Photograph Collection
Dates: 1996
Abstract: Bill Wright is an Abilene, Texas, author and photographer. He has been featured in numerous one-man exhibitions and group shows all around the world. Wright worked among and studied the Tiguas of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in Texas for more than six years. His works include People of the Sun: The Tiguas of Ysleta (a video), The Tiguas: Pueblo Indians of Texas, The Texas Kickapoo: Keepers of Tradition, Portraits from the Desert: Bill Wright’s Big Bend, People’s Lives: A Celebration of the Human Spirit, and The Last of the Last Frontier. The twelve photographs comprising this collection reflect the life and culture of the Kickapoo and Tigua Indians in Texas. They are a sample of the research undertaken by Bill Wright to document the history and present life of these two tribes in preparation for the publication of The Tiguas: Pueblo Indians of Texas (1993) and The Texas Kickapoo: Keepers of Tradition (1996).
Identification: AR452
Extent: 1 oversize box (0.25 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Bill Wright is an Abilene, Texas, author and photographer. He has been featured in numerous one-man exhibitions and group shows all around the world. Wright worked among and studied the Tiguas of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in Texas for more than six years. His works include People of the Sun: The Tiguas of Ysleta (a video), The Tiguas: Pueblo Indians of Texas, The Texas Kickapoo: Keepers of Tradition, Portraits from the Desert: Bill Wright’s Big Bend, and People’s Lives: A Celebration of the Human Spirit, and The Last of the Last Frontier.

Sources:


  • Wright World.com (http://www.wrightworld.com/bios/bill_bio.html) accessed November 29, 2012.

Scope and Contents

Twelve matted photographs. The photographs reflect the life and culture of the Tigua and Kickapoo Indians in Texas. They are a sample of the research undertaken by Wright to document the history and present life of these two tribes in preparation for the publication of The Tiguas: Pueblo Indians of Texas (1993) and The Texas Kickapoo: Keepers of Tradition (1996). Additional comments about most of the photographs are included in the box.


Organization

Series I. The Tigua: Pueblo Indians of Texas, 1996, 0.125 linear ft. (6 matted photographs); Series II. The Kickapoo: Keepers of Tradition, 1996, 0.125 linear ft. (6 matted photographs).

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained from Bill Wright.


Index Terms

These records are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Wright, Bill,1933- --Photograph collections.
Subjects
Indians of Mexico.
Indians of North America--Texas.
Kickapoo Indians--Coahuila (Mexico : State)--Photographs.
Kickapoo Indians--Texas--Eagle Pass--Photographs.
Tiwa Indians--Photographs.
Alternate Titles
Photographs Collection.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Bill Wright, December 12, 1996 .

Citation

Bill Wright Photographs of Kickapoo and Tigua Indians, AR452, OS389, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1996.

Accessioned as number 2000-32.

Processing Information

The collection was processed, finding aid written and encoded by Tara Kirk in May 2005. The finding aid was updated and encoding revised by Brenda S. McClurkin in November 2012.


Note to the Researcher

Each photo has been numbered to reflect its series and sequence of order.


Container List

The Tigua: Pueblo Indians of Texas, 1996
6 matted photographs (0.125 linear ft.)

Six photographs of Tigua families, women making bread and painting pottery, tribal members, and tribal dancers. Locations include the Tigua Cultural Center and the Mission Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
Box Photograph
OS389 1 Courtyard: A Tigua Tribal Myth
2 Nellie Lopez demonstrating breadmaking at the Tigua Cultural Center
3 Grace Gomez painting pottery
4 Procession of tribal members in the forecourt of the Mission Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
5 Joe Sierra, Sr. and grandson, Jose Gomez
6 Tribal dancers celebrating St. John’s Day at the Mission Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel



The Kickapoo: Keepers of Tradition, 1996
6 matted photographs (0.125 linear ft.)

Six photographs of Kickapoo families, children, and the Kickapoo village. Locations include Eagle Pass, Texas, and Coahuila, Mexico.
Box Photograph
OS389 1 Teresa Garza with daughter Christina and son Brian Clay Garza, standing before an Eagle Pass-style summer house
2 Playground equipment and Kickapoo children, Kickapoo Village, Eagle Pass, Texas
3 Margarita Salazar with carrizo, or river cane, used in construction of their wickiups
4 Miguel Correa in his home
5 View of the Kickapoo village, Nacimiento, Coahuila, Mexico
6 Summer House with its shaded area (I-ka-to-ne), the kitchen, and the winter house (left to right). Kickapoo lands, Nacimiento, Coahuila, Mexico