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Dawn of a New Day

Ryder Ridgway Photograph Collection


Ryder Ridgway (1905-1985) was an author and a local historian. He contributed articles to Arizona Republic, Eastern Arizona Courier and Arizona Highways and wrote Highlights of the Past. Ridgway lived in Safford, Arizona, several miles from the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. Most of the selected photographs are portraiture by professional photographers taken between 1880 and 1910 that were part of Ridgway's collection of historical photographic artifacts. Irwin's images portray two traditional camps in Oklahoma while Kelley photographed the Mountain Spirit People Dancers walking down a street in Globe, Arizona.


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San Carlos Apache women
with face tattooing
ca 1880
Ryder Ridgway Photographs
RR 75


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Ahpeatone, Chief of the Kiowa and his wife
ca 1910
Ryder Ridgway Photographs
RR 476


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Comanche Indian camp near Fort Sill, Oklahoma
ca 1910
Photographer: Ed Irwin
Ryder Ridgway Photographs
RR 477


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Apache father and son
N.D.
Ryder Ridgway Photographs
RR 77


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Tohono O'Odham, (Papago Indian)camp near Bisbee, Arizonaca
1910
Ryder Ridgway Photographs
RR 478


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San Carlos Apache men
N.D.
Ryder Ridgway Photographs
RR 79


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A Portrait of Geronimo Chief of the Arizona Apache Fort Sill, Oklahoma
ca 1910
Ryder Ridgway Photographs
RR 474


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Apache Mountain Spirit People Dancers in a street parade in Globe.
Mountain Spirit People, Gaan, are supernatural beings who are the protectors,
teachers, and role models for the Apache.
ca 1910
Photographer: Kelley Ryder Ridgeway Photographs
RR 573


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