A Twentieth Century Woman:
Lucy Kramer Cohen  1907 - 2007
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Cohen Photos from Indian Country 1934-9
1/18/2012 7:27:30 PM

 Did anyone in your family live at Pine Ridge, Ft. Belknap, or pueblos or reservations in Arizona or New Mexico in the 1930's? Or work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Indian Country in the 1930's?  Do you recognize any grandparents or parents--or yourself as a child--in the photos I've just posted?

This is a first batch of Lucy and Felix Cohen's photos taken in Indian Country between about 1934 or '35 and about 1938-'39.  Pass your cursor over the pictures to read the descriptions; click on the photos to see larger versions.

We know the names of a few of the people in the photos: Ben Reifel, who then working for the Interior Department, and later became a US Congressman from South Dakota, became a good friend of both Felix and Lucy.  August Moccassin of Ft. Belknap presented Felix with a ceremonial pipe.  I show one of several pictures showing Felix holding the pipe, August and his family and friends.  These photos must have been posed, since Felix described the pipe as having been presented at Moccassin's home.  

The group of photos taken at Pine Ridge, South Dakota, were probably taken in August 1935 when Lucy visited there.  Lucy jotted down the names of some of the people she met, but we don't know if the photos are of those folks or others.

Posted By Thomas Timberg, Thursday, May 24, 2012 8:00:48 AM
The film is a marvelous documentation of so many strands that were united in Lucy's life. But I kept coming back to their role as the iconic role models for a generation of City College and New York people. The film confirms both their brilliance and creativity
but even physical beauty. Yes Lucy was dealing with sexism and both with anti-Semitism -- probably the reason they both didn't go in for an academic career -- though the salaries in academia were so low that that may also have been a factor. A marvelous service
by Nancy Bickel.