Edges of Empire

KNW 2399: Edges of Empire

Man Standing by Waterfall


In the photo, Man Standing by Waterfall in the Woods, photographed by an unknown individual, one sees a native man standing in the middle of flooded timber with a waterfall in the background. His pants are rolled up just high enough so they do not get wet, he is gripping two trees, and is posing for the photograph. This demonstrates his level of comfort with the area. One can infer that the native knows this land well due to his level of comfort in the area, the secluded nature of the area, and the lack of other people in the photo. One can also infer that this man wanted to get away from the commotion of the city and enjoy the peace and quiet nature has to offer. The question this image raises is where is the location of this secluded area in comparison to the colonized city? Furthermore, is he sharing this private location with another native or a Spaniard?

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