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AIM leader Dennis Banks (left) and Marlon Brando joined in a song at a meeting of Menominee Warriors supporters at the Keshena American Legion in Wisconsin, January 31, 1975
Vintage wire photograph on paper
8 7/16 x 6 5/8 in. (21.43 x 16.83 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.959

American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks (left) and movie star Marlon Brando joined in a song at a meeting of Menominee Warriors supporters at the Keshena American Legion. Later there was a march to a National Guard checkpoint outside the seized Alexian Brothers Novitiate, Keshena, Wisconsin.

Dennis Banks (1937-2017) was a Native American activist, teacher, and author. He was a long-time leader of the American Indian Movement, which he co-founded in Minneapolis in 1968 to represent urban Native Americans.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: United Press International stamp.

Wire photographs were originally transmitted over phonelines, then later, by satellite. They were first used in the early 1920s. Associated Press became a leader with this. After pigment touch-ups, etc., the print is put into a drum (like a drum scanner). The image gets converted into audio tones that are transmitted. The tones are received and beamed onto photo-sensitive paper. Wire photographs are copies without originals---they are hybrid, transmitted objects. (Britt Salvesen, Curator and Department Head, Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 30-31, 2022)

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  • Image Dimensions: 8 7/16 x 6 5/8 in. (21.43 x 16.83 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 9 1/8 x 6 15/16 in. (23.18 x 17.62 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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